Giant sinkhole shuts down Alberta highway

Desmarais RCMP were alerted to the emergence of a sinkhole near Hwy. 754 on June 30, 2014....

Desmarais RCMP were alerted to the emergence of a sinkhole near Hwy. 754 on June 30, 2014. (Supplied Photo/QMI Agency)

Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

EDMONTON -- A giant sinkhole forced Mounties to shut down a northern Alberta highway near Desmarais Monday.

Officers were alerted to the emerging sinkhole near kilometre 74 on Highway 754 around 7 a.m., RCMP said.

Initially officers reduced traffic on the roadway to the northbound lane, but the ground continued to crumble, eventually expanding under the entire road, forcing a full closure of the highway.


Desmarais RCMP were alerted to the emergence of a sinkhole near Hwy. 754 on June 30, 2014. (Supplied Photo/QMI Agency)

Officers encourage people travelling to Wabasca to take Alpac Road to Highway 813 and then continue north.

RCMP didn't provide any information as to when they anticipated the roadway would again be drivable.


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