A sinkhole that split a two-lane road on a central California highway has swallowed three vehicles in two weeks -- and state police are frustrated because the motorists ignored clearly marked signs to avoid the area.
“THIS CAN’T BE REAL!” the California Highway Patrol in Tracy wrote on social media. “We’re at a loss for words.”
The sinkhole was detected on Jan. 17 in San Joaquin County in Tracy, KOVR-TV reported. State troopers said a compromised retention pond caused the road to erode, according to the television station. “Road closed” signs were placed on Kasson Road outside Tracy, but a motorist ignored the warning and drove a sedan into the newly formed crater, which was filled with water, on Jan. 18, KNTV reported.
On Jan. 26, state troopers shared an image of another vehicle that had fallen into the sinkhole.
The third vehicle rolled into the sinkhole on Saturday.
“It happened again. We can’t make this stuff up,” troopers wrote on social media.
Troopers did not say if any of the drivers were injured, KNTV reported.
Bruce Brothers, who lives next to the crash site, told KOVR that there were no skid marks near the sinkhole.
“People are so stupid. I can’t even believe it,” Brothers told the television station. “But I’m just like, ‘Duh.’”
Netomie Cardoza, who also lives in the area, said she heard “this big crunch sound.”
“And we look out the window and, ‘Uh oh,’ it’s another,” Cardoza told KOVR. “I don’t know. It’s ridiculous because it’s a big giant barrier, and they were going around it.”
It is unclear when the roadway will reopen, KNTV reported.
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