Sinkhole 'as wide as the road' closes busy street

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Crews shut down part of a busy road in north Fulton County as they worked to repair a sinkhole.

A Sandy Springs ladder truck almost drove into the hole on Powers Ferry Road while returning to the station from a call Friday morning.

On the surface, the hole doesn’t look very big, but crews say the space underneath is gaping and huge.

"The storm water drain has actually collapsed here. It opened up a hole in the roadway this morning," Sgt. Sam Worsham said.

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Officials say the hole is as wide as the road and could cause serious damage to any vehicle.

"It's a metal pipe. It has water going through it. It just appears that the metal fatigued and collapsed," Worsham said.

He said it could have been worse if the sewer or gas lines were impacted.

"The sewer is still intact, which is not a problem. That would be a lot more work for them if it had collapsed," he said.

Powers Ferry Road was closed between Dupree Drive and Raider Drive as crews laid down metal plates. They will continue to work on repairs over the next several days.