The infamous Benton moat invites fan page | KLRT


BENTON, Ark. – It’s a hole with its own fan base, the so-called “Sonic Ditch” in Benton that draws many cars into its aquatic depths.

But the constant crashes have led to the creation of his own Facebook page and a group of neighbors dedicated to making fun of the phenomenon.

The moat is right next to the entrance to Highway 5 Sonic, with many cars driving down the drain instead of a stall. The event is so common that it has even sparked its own fan page.

The hole attracts its fair share of cars. For neighbors like Tyler Jamison, frequent accidents have become something of a local phenomenon.

“I would call it the Mancave Ditch,” Jamison said. “It looks pretty iconic for collecting cars over time.”
Jamison stops for a drink almost every day. He says there’s about a one in ten chance a car will end up in the ditch on any given day.

The dangerous hole claimed so many lives that a Facebook page was launched in his honor. The group has more than 3,000 members, including Benton’s neighbor, Israel Alvarado.

“I signed up about a week ago and thought it was the funniest thing in the world,” Alvarado said.

He saw endless abandoned cars, explaining, “We actually post in our family newsgroup all the time whenever we see a car go by.”

But Alvarado is not alone; The Ditch has so many followers that he has become an icon in his own right. And while the city has installed reflective poles to try and stop the chaos, fans of the hole are hoping there won’t be a moat from this infamous moat.

You can check out the full Facebook page HERE


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