Sinkhole takes driver by surprise

Sinkhole takes driver by surprise
Photo courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

LA CENTER, Wash. - A sinkhole took out part of a road in La Center early Saturday morning and an unsuspecting driver ended up crashing right into it.

Northeast Charity Road is now closed at the 31000 block and detour signs are in place to keep folks safe. The detour is about three miles around the closure.

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, deputies and rescuers were called to the location overnight on a report that a vehicle had driven into a sinkhole.

When they arrived, they discovered that a vehicle did, indeed, crash into the sinkhole. The driver, a 47-year-old man from La Center, was able to get himself out of the vehicle. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Officials investigating what happened determined that the roadway collapsed due to a plugged culvert that resulted in erosion.

Water and phone service was also knocked out in the immediate area.

Photo courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.