SUV Flips Into Jefferson City Sinkhole
Jefferson City, TN (August 15, 2020) Law enforcement in Jefferson City reports that East Broadway’s westbound side was temporarily shut down on August 15th and traffic diverted along North Chucky Pike following an accident in which an SUV flipped into a sinkhole. Reports state that the sinkhole began Saturday night close to the Gondolier restaurant and that the vehicle was owned by a worker at the restaurant. Another sinkhole is located close to Mossy Creek Road. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.
The United States Department of the Interior divides sinkholes into three categories: dissolution sinkholes, cover-subsidence sinkholes, and cover-collapse sinkholes.
What Causes Tennessee Sinkhole Accidents
Substantial periods of rain can cause Tennessee’s roads to shift and weaken. When this erosion occurs, invisible caverns form that can open up with a small amount of pressure. After they appear, sinkholes can range in size from several inches to several hundred feet. Not only can sinkholes swallow cars like in this accident, but sinkholes can also tilt and destroy buildings. Even though it is not always possible to predict when a sinkhole will appear, there are several common signs that a sinkhole is likely to appear:
- Buildings or other stationary objects that begin to lean
- Doors and windows that become to difficult to open or close
- Cracks in the asphalt or other areas surrounding a sinkhole
- Cracks located close to the foundations or walls of buildings
- Small dips in the ground
Contact a Tennessee Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been impacted by a Tennessee car accident, you should not hesitate to retain the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer. Contact Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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