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Massive sinkhole guts Virginia road after 2 water main ruptures

Massive sinkhole guts Virginia road after 2 water main ruptures on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (John Gonzalez/ABC7)

An unusually large sinkhole caused a Fairfax road to collapse early Friday morning leaving a neighborhood in shock.

“It’s crazy. We were driving on this," a woman who says she lives in the area told ABC7's John Gonzalez.

Witnesses say the sinkhole started as a smaller hole around five-feet in the 4500 block of Twinbrook Road in Fairfax around 3 a.m. and continued to grow to around 100 feet long and 25 feet wide.

Neighbors say so much water gushed from the hole that it literally moved the earth and eroded everything underneath the asphalt.

According to officials, crews are working on two water main ruptures around 8 inches each in an underground pipe that caused the sinkhole.

Dozens of homes in the area were left without water and crews were expected to be working on the break for at least eight to 10 hours.


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