News Short: Sinkhole opens up on Sunset Boulevard; eastbound lane closure

A sinkhole near the Texaco fueling station on Sunset Boulevard and Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 19, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, a large sinkhole opened up in the area of Sunset Boulevard between Valley View Drive and Bluff Street.

A sinkhole near the Texaco fueling station on Sunset Boulevard and Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 19, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A sinkhole near the Texaco fueling station on Sunset Boulevard and Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 19, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The sinkhole opened on the sidewalk after a fuel tanker attempted to leave the Texaco fueling station at the intersection of Valley View Drive and Sunset Boulevard, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.

The tanker’s tire got stuck in the sinkhole which is estimated to be 10 feet deep and around 20 feet wide, and partially extends under Sunset Boulevard from the sidewalk, Williams said.

The driver involved in the incident was unharmed.

St. George Police and St. George Fire Department are on scene as well as the Utah Department of Transportation and staff from the City of St. George Public Works department.

The fire department is monitoring the fuel tanker, Williams said, but things seem to be OK at this time.

The outside eastbound lane of Sunset Boulevard has been closed and may remain that way all night, Williams said.

The cause of the sinkhole is unknown but there do not appear to be any compromised water lines at this time, Williams said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. Note: Information regarding size of the sinkhole has been updated.

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6 Comments

  • Betty September 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

    or maybe it’s from the rain a couple of weeks ago… Mystery solved.

  • bob September 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    or maybe it’s not… dun dun ddduuuuuhhh!!!

  • getting flooded September 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Maybe the Hindu people that own the station was digging a tunnel to india

  • Koolaid September 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    It could be the highway to … or a secret tunnel from the church to the liquor store.

    • JSD September 20, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      TaDa! One trick Koolaid strikes again.

  • ScanMeister September 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    A few years back (St George) I was investigating a leak in front of our building. It was near the fire hydrant and water meters. As I approached the area the ground gave way and I was chest high in water. There was a 14′ X 14′ X 5′ sink hole there and then I was clinging to the side of the hole. I must say it was rather surprising. I was glad I was the one who fell in and not a small child……could have had some very fatal results.

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