- Mar 31, 2014
Enormous Sinkhole Opens In Detroit Street
Chasm was big enough to swallow two cars
A sinkhole large enough to swallow two cars opened up during routine maintenance on a street in Detroit on Friday.
The 30-foot wide, 16-foot deep sinkhole opened up on the city's west side, on Linwood Avenue near Monterey, WDIV reported. Crews quickly shut down the street, though not before a car and a truck nearly fell into the hole, witnesses told The Detroit Free Press.
A contractor for Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department had seen strange buckling in the asphalt when the sinkhole began to swallow the street. Deputy Director Darryl Latimer told the Free Press the hole could have been started by a collapsed sewer pipe.
The sinkhole also exposed a gas line. DTE Energy utility workers shut off the line to allow crews from the water department to begin repairs, which should take one to two weeks, depending on the damage.