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Sinkhole Surprises St. Louis City Street Crew

Kevin Killeen
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Work crews prepare to fill a sinkhole with rocks in the 8400 block of Minnesota in south St. Louis, after another truck had been stuck in the hole.

Work crews prepare to fill a sinkhole with rocks in the 8400 block of Minnesota in south St. Louis, after another truck had been stuck in the hole.

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A sudden, gaping hole in a paved alley swallowed the back wheels of a city street department truck, with chunks of asphalt falling ten-feet below while the truck teetered over a cavernous void.

No one was hurt and the truck was pulled free. But the hole in the 8400 block of Minnesota required a dump truck full of rocks to fill, and neighbors complained the area is honeycombed with caves that have opened up before.

Crews dump rocks hoping to satisfy the appetite of a sink hole.

Crews dump rocks hoping to satisfy the appetite of a sink hole.

“It’s all under this whole area down here, caves,” said Charles Erxleven, “It’s a costly operation to be living here when something like this has happened. This house has had them. They had to go 22 feet down.”

Work crews patched up the hole and were watching it to determine whether the void was now stable.

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