TDOT says it will take several hundred tons of rock to fill the massive sinkhole on Interstate 24. The eastbound lanes quickly caved in just before 9 am Eastern Tuesday morning.
David Sheldon work for TDOT and happened to be driving by when the road began to crumble. He says he watched as an 18-wheeler teetered on the edge as the pavement fell underneath. That driver was able to stay above the hole, but Sheldon was quick to jump out and warn other oncoming drivers to stop.
He said, "I ran out in the middle of the road and started throwing my hands up and yelling, people probably thought I was crazy. There were 3 or 4 cars that stopped about 4 feet from the edge."
Sheldon says it was scary and he's just glad no one was hurt.
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No warning on this event, it happened all of a sudden.
It does not matter what monitoring equipment is in place, there will be no time to warn the public in the event of a sudden sinkhole such as this one and many others.
WRQ fails to mention that most sinkholes occur rapidly, just like they fail to mention anything else negative.