Crews Make Progress on Sunken Road

By Jessica Greene
|  Saturday, Apr 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM PDT
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Sinkhole Devours Richmond Road

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The ground opened up Thursday night, leaving a 40-deep, 60-foot wide hole on Via Verdi Road in Righmone.

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Massive Sinkhole Swallows Car

In Richmond, a 40-foot deep sinkhole swallowed a car and part of a road leading in and out of a busy sub division.
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The mystery of an East Bay sinkhole deepened Saturday.

Crews removed a car that fell into the 40-deep hole on Via Verdi Road in Richmond and dug a little deeper to find another car that was seen falling into the abyss but they came up empty. The car lying on top of the dirt pile was removed at about 5 a.m. Saturday but workers have yet to find another vehicle.

One side of the road was reopened overnight. It was a welcome relief for residents who have only had access to their neighborhood by foot since the ground gave way. Residents were anxious to get the road reopened since it is a half mile hike to the houses on Via Verdi.

The sinkhole appeared Thursday night to the shock of hundreds of residents living in the neighborhood. The hole is about 40-feet deep by 60-feet wide. Engineers still aren't sure what caused the road to give way. There's some speculation that an underground stream or culvert could have something to do with the bizarre incident.

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