Updated at 6:55 p.m.
A sinkhole swallowed cars in North Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, burying train tracks at the bottom of the slide and prompting warnings from emergency officials for residents to avoid the area.
Posts on Twitter and Facebook from workers and residents in the area of 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets showed photos and video of vehicles teetering on the crumbling street, with overturned vehicles resting below at the bottom of the collapsed area.
The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management tweeted Wednesday afternoon: “Please avoid the area of 26th St & N Charles St. A major sinkhole has opened impacting the CSX rail below. Multiple city agencies on scene.”
Gretchen LeGrand, executive director of the non-profit Code In The Schools, posted a video on her Facebook page of the vehicles from the vantage point of her office across the CSX tracks, says WMAR TV.
Nels Schumacher, who lives on East 25th Street, told the Baltimore Business Journal he was at home when neighbors banged on his door, telling him to go outside. He started taking pictures of his 1997 Saturn as it began to sink onto tracks used by CSX freight trains.
"I was standing here taking pictures of my car as it was slowly moving toward the ravine," Schumacher told the Business Journal. "The cars sank about five or six feet, and then the whole wall came down."
Rawlings-Blake said the street collapse
caused no serious injuries.
Rawlings-Blake said train traffic has been halted on that section of track.