Evansville Roadway Collapses Under Driver

Published 05/30 2014 10:33PM

Updated 05/30 2014 10:46PM

The road below an Evansville driver suddenly collapses while sitting at a stop sign.
It happened at Oregon and Main Streets, causing the car and the driver inside, to plummet head
first into a giant sinkhole.
The driver was not injured, but in the road, a hole nearly twenty feet wide and about fifteen
feet deep, remains.
"It's a massive hole. When I got here a car was sitting on top of a water main, an eight inch
water main."
Allen Mounts with the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Department says the collapse might be from a pipe
that broke sometime ago, mixed in with rain, that could've caused the area to erode.
When the area hollowed out, that's when the road caved.
"We're going to try to make sure at least part of Main Street is open, so we can get access
to the businesses around here. Obviously we are standing on the west edge of Main Street and Oregon, so you wont be driving through here for a few days anyway," says Mounts
Mounts says this is not the first time Oregon Street ,and the age old pipes below it, have
had a problem.
"Further down Oregon Street there was a similar collapse. They ended up having to replace the
street line for a whole block. It was a massive project, and it's a line that's old and it's degrading."

Mounts says Main Street will remain open, but Oregon Street will have to be closed until
repairs are finished.

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