Sinkhole causes highway closure in Vernon

By Pete McIntyre
May 30, 2017 - 1:25pm Updated: May 31, 2017 - 12:28am

VERNON, B.C. — Highway 97 has been shut down in Vernon until further notice.

It’s due to a sinkhole in the northbound lanes near the entrance to Polson Park.

The southbound lanes were shutdown as a precaution.

Captain Reinhard Mann from Vernon Fire Rescue outlined the situation last night:

“The ground has been undermined right next to the creek culvert, and right now the hole underground is about 12 feet by 40 feet,” Mann tells Kiss FM.

Mann says a hole about four feet in diameter was visible on the surface.

He says there were no injuries from the incident.

“I’m surprised there isn’t a vehicle there because it’s a big hole.”

Emergency officials have been detouring vehicles around the site, using 34th Street, Mission Road and College Way through Coldstream.

Mann expected the highway to be closed most of the night.

“Until they can get engineers to assess the southbound lanes to make sure they’re safe, they will be staying closed.”

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