Colin Campbell

On East Monument Street, business in a hole

On East Monument Street, business in a hole

Kenneth Lyles, a barber at the Total Male on East Monument Street, described the devastating scene: a loud bang on the street that sounded like the passing tow truck had hit something and then a deep hole in the pavement opening quickly, peeling down away from the surface like Play-Doh.

"You couldn't see the bottom," he said. "It was a scary sight, man."

Lyles said he and others outside at the time told the truck driver to quickly keep driving. He said they rushed to both ends of the block between North Patterson Park Avenue and North Montford Avenue to divert traffic away from the widening trench.

City workers have now filled the July 25 sinkhole...