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Crash causes sinkhole that swallows SUV

Posted by Brock Parker  August 31, 2011 05:13 PM

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A fire hydrant that was severed in an early-morning crash Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Lexington caused a sinkhole that swallowed a SUV and caused water damage to several surrounding homes.

Lexington Police said the one-car crash occurred at 6:29 a.m. when a Jeep SUV struck a utility pole and then hit and severed a fire hydrant at Lowell Street/ Route 2A near Whipple Road.

When the fire hydrant was struck, water began gushing out underground and caused a sinkhole that swallowed the Jeep. Lexington Police Lt. James Barry said the hole was at least 20 feet around.

“It was submerged,” Barry said of the Jeep.

The driver, whose name was not immediately available, escaped with minor injuries and was taken to the Lahey Clinic. Barry said the driver will be cited for the crash.

Detours have been set up in the area around the sinkhole and Barry said a tow truck with a crane had to be used to pull the Jeep out of the hole.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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