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Massive sinkhole suddenly appears on Garden State Parkway

By Mason White 6:22 AM February 26, 2013
Garden State Parkway sinkhole 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared on a very busy U.S. highway, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Crews are working to repair a huge hole that opened in the center lane of the Garden State Parkway, southbound.

The four-foot wide hole damaged 18 vehicles after opening up around 6:00 am in the center right lane on the approach to the Driscoll Bridge near Mile 128.

The sinkhole caused the commute to work to turn into a nightmare for many Staten Island, New York, residents.
“Suddenly I saw the sinkhole, but I was unable to go around it. It was just horrible,” one commuter told a local television news station. “I was definitely shaken up,” the commuter added.

A sinkhole forms when the ground beneath the surface crumbles.
Tow truck workers who towed damaged vehicles from the scene, said that sinkholes can be especially dangerous when vehicles are traveling at high speed.

“I was very busy trying to get everyone out of the road safely,” one tow truck worker told the television news station.
Most vehicles which came into contact with the sinkhole suffered punctured tires and dented rims, police said.
No injuries were reported.

Repair work is expected to be completed sometime this week.

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