By Jennifer Lane
There has been a road collapse on Route 146, east of Midway, in Hardin County. The road has been closed and traffic is being re-routed. For those familiar with the area, the collapse happened between Fricker’s Machine Shop and Baldwin’s Body Shop. Sunday night a small passenger car drove over the section of roadway causing the pavement to begin to collapse. The truck following the car drove over the section of roadway as it collapsed causing significant damage to the vehicle. Fortunately there were only minor injuries in this accident. The drivers were able to stop traffic and prevent other cars from driving into the gaping hole. The area is about 15 feet deep and the hole is big enough for an entire vehicle to fit in it.
This same section of roadway collapsed sometime in the 1960s and according to Jessica Fricker, Dispatcher at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, there were issues with that area of the roadway last year. A state crew came in and did some work, but the problem continues. IDOT engineers will be inspecting the roadway sometime today, hoping to find the root of the problem. It may take a few more days before the road is reopened.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department stresses that drivers be careful with this particular detour route. Drivers are being detoured through the Iron Furnace area and using Bassett Blacktop if coming from Rosiclare or for those traveling east on 146/34, heading towards Elizabethtown. The roads have many curves and hills and the gravel dust is making driving visibility extremely poor. The sheriff’s department asks that all drivers complete the detour with headlights turned on and drive with reduced speed. Officers are posted at intersections to help those who are unsure about the route. The department also asks that people use extreme caution during school dismissal time as many buses will be taking the detour. Traffic will be frequently stopped due to bus drop-offs. The Sheriff and his deputies will be out in the area when buses leave the school.