Collapse of abandonded mine shaft causes Shinnston sinkhole

HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - "It's a frightening thought"

Broc Bittinger and his family live just feet away from where a major sinkhole collapsed this past weekend.

As a result, a section of landing way has been shut down.

But Brittinger says this isn't he first time the road has had issues.

"The road has fallen in in this spot right over here because of mine shafts,"

While collapses like this have happened near his home before, Bittinger says this specific incident hit a little too close to home.

"We did just mow the grass over there the day before it fell in," "So the thought that my dad just mowed right in that spot, I watched him mow the grass,"

Since the sinkhole was a result of an old mine shaft under the road, the department of highways is working with the office of abandoned mines to fix the collapse.

Bittinger says that although the road is in a residential area, traffic has increased due to another collapsed road in the area that hasn't been fixed.

"This road has been used more frequently because of another road that fell in that was often used," "Now this road has been used a lot cause that road hasn't been repaired,"

Now while there is a lot of work to be done the office for abandoned mines, who will be taking over this project, say they hope to have it close to reopening by the end of the week.