Southern Indiana highway lanes closed after sinkhole opens

  • This Wednesday, May 22, 2019 photo shows construction crews work on a sinkhole site on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 265 in Clarksville, Ind. State transportation officials say a sinkhole that opened up overnight on a southern Indiana highway has forced the closure of a portion of that freeway. INDOT officials say they expect the lanes to reopen Wednesday evening. (Indiana Department of Transportation via AP)

    This Wednesday, May 22, 2019 photo shows construction crews work on a sinkhole site on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 265 in Clarksville, Ind. State transportation officials say a sinkhole that opened up overnight on a southern Indiana highway has forced the closure of a portion of that freeway. INDOT officials say they expect the lanes to reopen Wednesday evening. (Indiana Department of Transportation via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/22/2019 2:21 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. -- State transportation officials say a sinkhole that opened up overnight has forced the closure of a portion of a southern Indiana highway.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says eastbound lanes of Interstate 265 in Floyd County between Charlestown Road and Interstate 65 were closed early Wednesday after motorists reported a large pothole that turned out to be a sinkhole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A contractor was working Wednesday to fill the sinkhole and repave the area. INDOT official said Wednesday afternoon they expect the lanes to reopen Wednesday evening.

Motorist Cara Chumley tells WLKY-TV that her car struck the sinkhole during her morning commute to work, damaging one of its wheels.

She says officers helped her change her tire before she drove to a local hospital for an evaluation.

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