Busy road closed after worker falls into unmarked, underground mine

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. — Drivers who travel along Painters Run Road will need to find another way around after a worker fell into an unmarked, underground abandoned mine.

A portion of the busy Upper St. Clair road, just west of the intersection of McMillan Road, is shut down after crews made the discovery.

A Northeast Paving construction employee doing drainage work near the road fell about five feet into the ground, Allegheny County Public Works confirms to Channel 11. They were not hurt.

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The road was not damaged, but it has some people wondering if it's safe.

Officials say they are working to determine what’s wrong, checking on the stability, ultimately fixing it and making sure the area is safe before they re-open to traffic.

“Yes, the road is safe in that area. We have the area closed and we are concerned about and we are assessing that road at this time. We will be doing some additional paving moving forward,” said Stephen Shanley, director of Allegheny County Public Works.