I-80 Sinkhole Opens In California, Disrupts Traffic

    August 23, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A 3-foot wide sinkhole has opened in the middle of the interstate in Truckee, California today, causing huge disruptions to traffic as workers hurry to repair it.

The hole opened early this morning in a construction zone and is about eight feet deep. Officials say a stream runs under that section of road, and water is often the cause of sinkholes. The area is down to one lane of moving traffic on both sides, but all lanes should be open again around six p.m.

Several sinkholes have opened up around the country this year, mostly in the southern states. Yesterday a video of trees being sucked into a giant underwater sinkhole in Louisiana went viral, and Florida has had a big problem in recent months with dangerous holes opening up in the middle of roads and near homes. Earlier this year a man was killed when a sinkhole opened under his home. The man’s brother said he tried to save him but was too late.

“It swallowed his whole bedroom, his dresser — everything in his room is gone,” Jeremy Bush said. “All I could see was the top of his bed. So I jumped in the hole and tried digging him out. I thought I could hear him screaming for me and hollering for me.”

Some of the scariest stories have been about sinkholes opening up in the middle of busy roads; in July, a woman’s car was sucked 20 feet underground on a Toledo roadway when a water main broke.

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  • Nick

    Unfortunately, Truckee is still there.

    • Donna


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        Is this a sabotage event?

  • margaret

    we hear about this a lot lately , my question is, why are we(they), who ever they are putting our lives at risk and building on danger zones? I am so glad that our neighbors got together and stopped the developer from building on the bluff across the street from us few years ago. Stop messing with mother earth, it will get you at the end!!!

  • smith

    Only a small sinkholeon I-80? To Bad…. next one should be entire State of California

  • http://WHO'SWHO bull

    the sink hole is the same one you came out of…….cheeeeehaaaaawwwwwww

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    Fill the sinkhole with Hypocrite Republicans—theres enough to do the job

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    Does anyone else think we better stop all the drilling and emptying the earth of the oil. I think the oil is holding up a lot of ground and if we keep taking it the entire would is going to collapse In on itself sooner or later. Just a thought.

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