The failure of a 48-inch-diameter concrete pipe, buried 15 feet in the ground, has been identified as the cause of a ground collapse earlier this month that knocked down a wall and swallowed an ice machine at a Baxter Street car wash. Technically, because it is the result of an infrastructure failure rather than any natural dissolving of subsurface rock or dirt by groundwater, the collapse can’t properly be referred to as a sinkhole, according to Kevin Gentry, streets and drainage superintendent with the Athens-Clarke County Transportation & Public Works Department. The collapse, which opened up a 15-foot-wide, 8-foot-deep hole at Baxter Car Wash, 1064 Baxter St.
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