By Shelby Odetto
Thurs Apr 24, 2014
A large sinkhole opened on Highway 101 South near Petaluma during the morning commute in the morning on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
According to the Press Democrat, the sinkhole collapsed the leftmost part of the fast lane between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. California Highway Patrol assisted in closing the lane for repairs. The lane reopened around 2:45 p.m. that afternoon. However, the repair was not able to withstand the pressure of constant traffic.
At approximately 4:15 p.m., Shelby Odetto, a student at Dominican University, was commuting to class from Petaluma when she almost hit the sinkhole at freeway speed.
According to Odetto, she was able to safely maneuver around the hole and alerted CHP that the hole had reopened. Officers were dispatched to divert traffic and the lane was once again closed for repairs. The second repair closed the left lane until late Thursday night.
If you encounter an emergency road condition, call 911 to alert CHP immediately.