Grease truck falls into North Carolina sinkhole

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Sinkholes have become fairly common in and around Asheville, N.C., the latest of which claimed a grease truck in the parking lot of a popular restaurant.

The driver of the Blue Ridge Biofuels truck thought his truck had suddenly gotten a flat tire Friday at Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Woodfin, N.C., a small town just north of Asheville.

When he got out to take a closer look at his truck, it began slowly sinking into a 20-foot deep hole leaving the front driver’s side of the vehicle airborne.

It took about an hour to remove the truck. Caution tape was put up around the hole and Moe’s made an addition to its menu: The Sinkhole Sandwich. Turns out, more people were drawn to the restaurant because of the cavernous hole.

More than 40 sinkholes have appeared in Asheville and surrounding areas over the past 20 years, according to citizen-times.com. Most holes are caused by collapsing stream culverts which were installed years ago underground throughout the mountainous areas of western North Carolina.