Car Crashes Into Sinkhole, Occupants Leave The Scene

Car Crashes Into Sinkhole, Occupants Leave The Scene

CREATED Feb 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Early Thursday morning, a white SUV plowed into detour barriers on Hicks Road in Bellevue. The vehicle crashed into a dirt mound after attempting to clear what they quickly learned was a sinkhole.

The people inside the SUV fled the scene. Now, Metro Police confirmed they are investigating who did this and why.

"So someone must have been determined to get down here," passerby Charlie Bond said.

The sinkhole opened up around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Hicks Road near Post Creek Road. Officials with Public Works said a drain pipe under the road collapsed for unknown reasons.

A portion of a road will remain blocked for a couple of weeks while crews work to repair the large hole that's grown to be at least ten feet wide.

"We've (had) a lot of mud slides in this area," driver Tony Antunovic said. "Something like this I never (expected) to happen but you never know."

The roadway has been closed in both directions between Sawyer Brown Road and Hwy 70 South, and detours have been set up.

"I just want to see why I can't go home," Antunovic explained about why he had to get a look at the sink hole for himself.

Officials said the repairs will take two to three weeks. New barriers are in place until the work is complete. 

Hicks Road is used as short cut in between Highway 70 and Charlotte Pike.