Phoenix, Arizona – US 89 collapsed south of Page, Arizona on Wednesday leaving the road in a condition often seen in post-apocalyptic survival games and movies.
The collapse occurred approximately two and a half miles north of mile 526, north of the intersection with U.S. 89A, approximately 25 miles south of Page.
Although the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported several vehicular collisions due to the event, no injuries were reported at this time.
The specific sites of closure are at the US 89A junction for northbound travelers and US 89′s junction with State Route 98 in Page. Due to the particular nature of this event and the extensive damage done to the roadway, no estimate is available for when the road will be reopened for through traffic.
Coconino Community College, which services students in the Page area has announced via their website that they are closed due to the US 89 collapse until a time to be determined.
Information concerning this event and the impact the collapse will have on the community is still forthcoming.
A photo showing US 89 where a section of the road buckled this morning. The road is closed between US 89A and Page. twitter.com/ArizonaDOT/sta…
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 20, 2013
Does the US 89 collapse prove once again that we are truly insignificant in the face of nature?