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Several people were injured early Thursday after driving their cars into a gaping hole on a washed-out road in North Idaho.
It happened around 3 a.m. on Rimrock Road at York Court, near Hayden Lake.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office found two people had driven their cars into the large gap in the road that spanned about 10 ft. across and 8 ft. deep.
Clifton C. McMahon, 24, was headed southbound on the road when he drove into the gap, according to sheriff’s deputies. Melissa Ehrmantraut, 31, and passenger Anthony Moreno, 47, then slammed into the hole as they travelled northbound on the road.
During the investigation, deputies found that a culvert under Rimrock Road had failed
due to heavy runoff. As the roadway began to deteriorate, the main water line above it broke, washing out the entire width of the road. …
Crews were working to repair a 20-foot-wide sinkhole that caused traffic trouble in Oxnard Sunday.
The 10-foot-deep hole opened at the intersection of Ventura Road and Hemlock Street around 5:45 a.m. City officials said the hole was filled with water.
No damage or injuries were reported. The cause of the sinkhole has not been determined.
Southbound traffic on Ventura Road was being diverted at Wooley Road as repairs were made. …
Around 12:45 p.m., Atlanta Fire & Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward said Ladder Truck 1, from Station 1 near Castleberry Hill was going west on Ashby Grove when the road crumbled under the truck.
“Miraculously, there are little signs of damage,” she said.
The truck was quickly rescued from the eight-foot deep sinkhole by department vehicles…
The cause of the sinkhole is unknown at this time.
Four families cheated death when a five-metre deep sinkhole damaged three houses in Kampung Pengkalan Gate Tambahan Dua near here.
The sinkhole, which appeared at about 3.30am yesterday, swallowed part of the floor of one of the houses and damaged the walls and floors of the two other homes.
Former Ipoh City Council worker G. Sandaran, 64, said his son’s house was the worst hit.
“The walls are cracked and the right side of the house has sunken into the ground,” he told reporters.
Sandaran said he heard sounds of wood being broken and thought that a thief was trying to break into the house.
“I was shocked to see the cracks on the wall. I quickly moved my motorcycle away and while I was pushing it, the floor began to give way,” he added.
Sandaran said despite his loss, he felt fortunate that his 30-year-old son’s family and his grandchild were not in when it happened.
“I told them to stay elsewhere after my late wife’s funeral five days ago,” he said.
Lorry driver P. Premkumar, 39, whose house was also hit, said he woke up after he felt his bed shaking.
“I heard planks being snapped and then the shouts of neighbours asking us to get out of the house,” he said.
Pasir Puteh Fire and Rescue Department chief Zainasri Zainal said five more sinkholes with depths of between one-and- a-half to two metres also occurred near the houses. He said these were believed to be caused by underground water movements.
Zainasri said an area covering a radius of a hectare had been cordoned off, adding that firemen were on standby to help with the evacuation of the residents from their homes and to ensure their safety.
“The National Public Works Institute and the city council will check on the stability of the terrain,” he said, adding that the affected families had been moved to a temporary shelter at a nearby Kemas hall.
A 20-by-10-foot sinkhole formed Sunday morning at the intersection of Ventura Road and Hemlock Street in Oxnard, police said.
One responder at the scene said rain was most likely the cause.
There had been concern that a traffic signal hovering above the hole might fall and rupture a 6-inch gas line, but Capt. Dave Wareham with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said about 6:20 p.m. that the gas line was no longer an issue.
Area traffic had been diverted from 5:45 a.m. Sunday, when police received the call, to at least 7 p.m. Construction to fix the hole was expected to last until at least Monday evening, police said.
Police said southbound traffic on Ventura Road will be diverted at Woolley Road and that northbound traffic will be diverted at Channel Islands Boulevard.
Drivers were encouraged to use Saviers Road or Victoria Avenue.
Traffic crews will stop Hemlock Street drivers at Ventura Road.
Police encouraged drivers to use Channel Islands Boulevard or Woolley Road.
A car-sized sinkhole that opened up just off the sidewalk on West Cliff Drive between Columbia Street and Woodrow Avenue forced Santa Cruz police to shut part of the street Saturday.
About 10 a.m., police received a report of a blowhole, Santa Cruz police Sgt. Christian LaMoss said.
Officers arrived on scene to find a large hole about 10 to 15 feet wide with a depth extending to the waters beneath, LaMoss said.
The hole is not in the road but on a landing of plants adjacent to the sidewalk. Occasional ocean mist erupted from the hole as the waves below crashed into the rocks, sending water up the hole.
While the sinkhole isn’t in the street, it has lifted part of the sidewalk up by an inch or so. …
- The remains of Private Francis Ryan have been swallowed by the sinkhole
- His headstone remains teetering on the edge of the 20ft deep hole
- The soldier served in the 3rd Batallion, King’s Liverpool Regiment, and died in England in July 1915. He was born in Longford, Ireland
- Military have so far failed in efforts to trace his relatives
- Sinkhole in Pembroke Dock will be filled with grout to stop the grave sinking
Military chiefs are fighting to save the grave of a First World War soldier called Private Ryan after a giant sinkhole opened up in a cemetery.
The body of the serviceman who died aged 40 has been lost after the 20ft deep hole appeared in the spot where his body was laid to rest. …
17 February, 2014
A large section of a road in Beijing’s Chaoyang District collapsed on Sunday afternoon.
A sinkhole five metres wide (16 feet) and five metres deep appeared at the intersection of Tianshuiyuan Road and Shuiduizi East Street.
According to the Beijing Times, water erupted from a manhole at the junction, flooding the street, before the road around the manhole collapsed.
“The pit was filled with water,” a witness told the paper.
The sinkhole is believed to have been
caused by improper underground construction, and affected the water supply for almost 300 households in the area.
A road collapsed in Shenzhen on Monday, leaving a four metre (13 feet) deep hole and injuring a taxi driver and 4 passengers.
A second collapse occurred Tuesday in the Luohu area of the city, but luckily no injuries were reported.
The south China city is no stranger to incidents of this nature:
- In 2013, a sinkhole in Longgang District killed five.
- Several others fell into the 10 metre wide, two metre deep hole (32 x 6.5 feet), with one man managing to escape with the aid of firefighters.
According to statistics, Shenzhen saw 10 road collapses in 2013 alone, many causing injuries and even death.
Last week, a huge sinkhole opened in a Beijing street, disrupting the water supply of over 300 households nearby.
According to reports, a 10-mile section of motorway was closed down due to a 15-foot-deep sink hole.
The hole started to form between northbound and southbound traffic.
The section of the M2 that was closed is located just north of Kent, right between junctions 5 and 6. Local authorities say that the sink hole has already grown to 16 feet wide by 16 feet long.
The roads were first closed on Sunday and have yet to be reopened. There is fear that the sink hole might start to spread. It is believed that this sink hole started to form due to the massive amounts of rain that the UK has been getting. Despite this fact, the Highways Agency has yet to give an official report as to what it thinks caused the sink hole. It is still investigating the hole and states that this section of road will remain closed until they are sure that it is safe to use again.
The Highways Agency said that it already has contractors and engineers out on the scene. Together, these groups will be monitoring the sink hole for changes. …
Despite the worry this hole has created, the Highways Agency said that there were no injuries caused by the hole. …
… This could have been
caused by an old mineshaft or a geological fault.
This is a big concern because this is a very busy motorway. Teams will need to work together to find out what caused the sink hole and to find out if the road is safe to use again. …