DONNER PASS (CBS13) – A sinkhole in the center divide of Interstate 80 has led to the partial closure of the freeway in the Sierra.

CHP says a paving crew was working on the center divide of the freeway when the wheel of a construction vehicle fell through a 2-3-foot patch of soft dirt. As they were removing the vehicle, crews noticed a much larger sinkhole underneath.

Loose dirt was removed from the hole, exposing a hole measuring 3 feet wide and 8 feet deep.

CHP says the sinkhole was caused by an elbow-shaped culvert that broke.

One lane in each direction closest to the center divide had been closed as a precaution.

The westbound lane was reopened just after noon, and the eastbound lane reopened around 2:40 p.m.


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