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200 Foot Long Sinkhole Collapses Ohio Roadway


Dover, OH – A 200 foot long sinkhole has consumed part of a roadway on Wednesday afternoon, according to News Net 5.

Officials explained that the sinkhole in question is around 85 feet deep and 100 feet wide. A large section of Route 516 disappeared into the ground as a result. Roadway crews were forced to close off sections of the town as a precaution.

According to the Times Reporter, nobody was hurt when the sinkhole decided to make its presence known. The Dover Fire Department said that a cave-in at the Newton Asphalt Plant was likely responsible for causing the roadway to collapse.

Lieutenant Eric Escola, commander of the New Philadelphia post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said that the situation certainly could have been much worse than it is.

“We’re very fortunate it didn’t happen in the middle of the night,” he explained, adding that motorists could “have fallen in there, and could have easily caused fatal injuries.” Fortunately, this wasn’t the case.

Fire Captain Mike Mossor said that initial estimates put the affected area at roughly the size of four football fields. Ohio Department of Natural Resources geologists were on hand to determine what had caused the sinkhole to open up.

According to 14 News, the roadway collapse left a natural gas line exposed. Mossor said that workers from the gas company responded quickly to correct the problem before it became a serious issue. Unfortunately, officials said it could be weeks before the road is properly repaired.

The Dover Township sinkhole isn’t the only massive opening in the earth to cause a stir in recent days. A large hole recently opened up near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, consuming trees and coughing up debris in the process. Several people were reportedly evacuated from their homes as a result.

To see images of the Dover sinkhole, be sure to swing by the Times-Reporter.

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6 Responses to “200 Foot Long Sinkhole Collapses Ohio Roadway”

  1. Stewart D Simonson

    Somebody should check for seismic signals, magnetic/magnetometer signals as well as ionizing radiation, radon, etc. just to make sure. The 500' Bayou Corne Sinkhole had/has all of those characteristics.

    Radiation is still a concern. The State of Louisiana found much higher levels of radiation in deeper parts of the sink hole than the place where we received our surface sample. There is enough radiation present to show that natural underground radioactive material has been concentrated in the sink hole. Even though the diesel hydrocarbons are currently the greater hazard, radiation testing should continue.

  2. Jeff Appis

    To Fix and stop the sink hole from spreading, They need to build a dam out 100 feet all the way around the inside from the the outer walls and fill it in with rocks. The same thing happened here in New York , And that is what they did to fit it. By the time they got to the surface, they were using small stone. Then they put asphalt over it. It has not sunk at all in 10 years.

  3. Bob Montgomery

    No mention of fracking possibly causing this? Wonder who's payroll the "scientists" are on? Why do the oil men have so many commercials telling the public how great fracking is for our environment?

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