Sinkhole closes road in Bellevue - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sinkhole closes road in Bellevue

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Some drivers in Bellevue will have to find a new way around a massive sinkhole that opened up in the middle of a busy road Wednesday night.

The hole opened up on the 400 block of Hicks Road between Sawyer Brown Road and Highway 70 South when a drain pipe underneath the road collapsed.

The hole is large enough for a car to fall in, and one actually did.

"It's probably, I'm guessing, 8 or 10 feet around," said Mark Macy, with Metro Public Works.

Police believe that driver was under the influence of alcohol and ignored the barricades.

Crews say it could take two to three weeks to make repairs.

"We've done these before, and it usually takes several weeks to order the pipe, get the pipe, put everything in the ground, cover it up and bring in the asphalt and finish it," Macy said.

In the meantime, drivers are being rerouted to nearby detours, including Old Hickory Boulevard.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow