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Sinkhole shuts down Charleston intersection

Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst Charleston firefighters Jeff McCourt (standing), Rick Cottrell (left) and Marshall Henthorn look down into a sinkhole at the intersection of Brooks and Quarrier streets. The hole opened up about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency officials closed the intersection.
Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst
Charleston firefighters Jeff McCourt (standing), Rick Cottrell (left) and Marshall Henthorn look down into a sinkhole at the intersection of Brooks and Quarrier streets. The hole opened up about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency officials closed the intersection.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A sinkhole opened late Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Quarrier and Brooks streets in downtown Charleston.

The sinkhole was initially reported to be about 6 feet deep and 5 feet wide, a Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said.

Charleston police and firefighters taped off and closed the intersection at about 4:40 p.m. Officials with the city’s Sanitary Board said Wednesday night that the sinkhole was caused when a storm line collapsed under the road.

The line was being replaced at about 9 p.m. Officials planned to fill the hole with gravel and reopen the intersection later Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to Jim Mullins, assistant superintendent of construction with the Sanitary Board.

Mullins said the roadway would probably be repaved in three or four weeks…

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