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Lift tips after St. Louis street collapse, trapping two

ST. LOUIS, MO — Two painters were trapped Thursday afternoon when the ground under their bucket lift caved into a sink hole.

The workers were painting over graffiti on a building at 1333 North 6th Street, owned by Paul McKee and Northside Regeneration.

The workers said they weren't seriously hurt when the lift went crashing into the side of the building because they were wearing their safety harnesses.

After an initial investigation, city officials said the sink hole was caused by aging infrastructure. A leaking fire suppression line eroded the ground, making the road above it weak, which caved with the weight of the lift.​