A parking lot outside an IHOP in Meridian, Mississippi collapsed the other day leaving a nearly 400 foot by 35 foot gash that swallowed around a dozen cars. Authorities don’t know whether it’s a sinkhole that opened up or a drain collapse that caused the ground to give out like that. They don’t think it’s a sinkhole but it’s all still under investigation. In the mean time, the drone footage looks more like disaster movie fodder than real life.
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It’s pretty obviously a structural collapse of the culvert, which appears to be simply corrugated steel with no reinforcement.