2 hurt when road gives way, swallows car in Bossier City

The sedan fell into what appears to be a sinkhole in a turn lane at one of the area’s busiest intersections

2 hurt when road gives way, swallows car in Bossier City
The roadway has opened up and a car has fallen in on East Texas Street at Airline Drive in Bossier City. It happened in an eastbound turn lane. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. (Source: KSLA News 12)

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) — The roadway caved in at a major Bossier City intersection.

And a sedan was swallowed by what appears to be a sinkhole.

Both occupants of the car have been taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, city spokeswoman Traci Landry said.

It happened about 1:50 p.m. Thursday near East Texas Street at Airline Drive.

The cave-in is in an eastbound turn lane in the 2900 block of East Texas.

The car has since been removed.

And that eastbound righthand turn lane was cordoned off and being examined by personnel from Bossier City and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

LaDOTD officials tell KSLA News 12 that the cave-in was caused by a water flow issue in the sewer.

“Got to determine exactly where that water flow is coming from and where it is going,” said Erin Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the state highway department.

City crews were called out to make an emergency repair to a main sewer pipeline.

The intersection remains open.

In addition to the turn lane, the the adjacent eastbound through lane on U.S. Highway 80 (East Texas Street) also was closed, LaDOTD reports.

Motorists are being advised to detour around the area.

“Once the cause of the void has been determined and addressed, DOTD will repair the roadway as soon as possible,” says a post on LaDOTD’s Facebook page. “We appreciate your patience as this work continues.”

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