Ohio Sinkhole Takes Out Highway, Larger Than Four Football Fields

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Even though Ohio played a large part in the election, it doesn’t seem that they are immune from other disasters. According to WHYC, a huge sinkhole has opened along a stretch of rural highway, taking with it land and asphalt that used to make up that highway. The Ohio sinkhole only took minutes to happen, but several acres were demolished as a result.

Experts say that the hole is around the size of four football fields and took out a portion of State Highway 516 on Wednesday. The sinkhole happened because of the Newton Asphalt Companiy’s efforts to dredge for sand below the surface. Lloyd McAdam, Ohio Department of Transportation District 11 Director, said that “dredging took away the bottom of the slope. That probably eroded away and started cascading down, and just started filling the hole and filling the hole.”

It seems crazy that a company could be allowed to do so much damage to the land underneath a major highway that it could collapse that much land. There should be regulations against it, and if the company is still in operation, it should be heavily fined because it will be the taxpayers that are going to foot this bill. The worst part is that some experts are afraid that the massive Ohio sinkhole will grow even larger. Video is below.

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