Residents concerned about sinkhole at Knoxville apartment comple

Residents concerned about sinkhole at Knoxville apartment complex

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The apartment complex has since roped off the affected area. The apartment complex has since roped off the affected area.
Casey Peacock sent 6 News this image of his truck after it broke through the pavement. Casey Peacock sent 6 News this image of his truck after it broke through the pavement.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A sinkhole at a Knoxville apartment complex has some residents concerned after a portion of a truck fell through the pavement.

The sinkhole is in the parking lot of the Woodlands West Apartment complex, located on Cairn Circle in West Knoxville.

Casey Peacock parked his truck at the Woodlands West Apartments in mid-March. He walked out of the apartment to see a part of his truck had broken through the pavement. He sent 6 News video of the hole.

"It could have been life threatening if it happened while I was stepping out of my truck," said Peacock.

Peacock says the hole was about eight feet wide and ten feet deep. The area is now roped off and the hole is mostly covered by wood, but Peacock still worries about what could have happened.

"I've seen kids riding bikes, riding Tonka trucks in the very area where I fell through the pavement," said Peacock.

6 News called Lincoln Property Company which owns Woodlands West Apartments. The Senior Vice President Chris Burns says there hasn't been any signs of an issue until part of the truck fell through two weeks ago.

He says the cause was a broken drain line running under that area of the parking lot. Burns says the leak caused the soil around the pipe to erode, so nothing was holding up the asphalt.

He says all necessary precautions have been taken by blocking off the dangerous area above the broken drain line.

But some residents think two weeks should have been plenty of time to fix the sinkhole.

"It could have been my car. It could have been somebody's animal. There're kids in the neighborhood too, so you never know, so I figure something like that would get some quick attention and it would be fixed," said Karfer Siryom.

Troy Roberts says he was never warned of the collapsing portion of the parking lot.

"There are a lot of kids that play around here. There are a lot of dogs that play around here, so obviously we need to know what's going on and hopefully they've got a plan to fix it," said Roberts.

Corporate says the broken drain line should be repaired in 30 days.

Peacock says the damage to his truck will cost a couple thousand dollars to fix and as of now the apartment complex has not paid for the damages.

Peacock says the area where his truck fell through the pavement has been blocked off before, but there were never signs stating there was a hole under the pavement. Corporate says the first they knew of an issue was when Peacock's truck fell through.

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