Road commission investigates sinkhole on busy Clarkston road after video goes viral

Clarkston man records himself investigating deep pothole in viral video

Road commission investigate neighbors' concerns about hole under Clarkston Road

CLARKSTON, Mich. – A Clarkston man became concerned when he noticed a pothole on a busy road, so he tested its depth with a PVC pipe.

“I thought it was a regular pothole, and the more I inspected it, there was no bottom,” said resident Josh Turcsak.

Turcsak grabbed a long pipe from his garage and recorded a video of him lowering the pipe into the hole on Clarkston Road -- and that video went viral.

“It was so wild because I was doing the Facebook Live and maybe half a dozen people were on while I was doing it,” Turcsak said.

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The video grabbed the curiosity of others as well, many wondering if it could be the beginning of a sink hole.

“This is a pretty busy road. I would speculate about 10,000 cars a day,” Turcsak said.

The Clarkson man is also concerned about his neighbor’s home after investigating the pothole.

“First it was the road cave-in, and then as the curiosity got the better of me, I was worried about my neighbor’s house foundation because I don’t know where that water or soil goes to,” Turcsak said.

Local 4 reached out to the Oakland County Road Commission. A spokesperson said there is an old culvert or cement tube that runs underneath the road and the top of it broke off, but there is still a ditch. The Oakland County Road Commission also said there is no danger to the public and that the road is not going to collapse.


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Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.