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Water main break in Hoboken creates SUV-swallowing sinkhole

Posted at 6:30 AM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 22:27:57-05

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Multiple streets were closed during the rush-hour commute, and a vehicle fell into a large sinkhole when a water main broke Tuesday morning in Hoboken.

A car fell into a large sinkhole in Hoboken on Feb. 28, 2017. (Twitter/ NJ Transit)

A car fell into a large sinkhole in Hoboken on Feb. 28, 2017. (Twitter/ NJ Transit)

Water utility company Suez was on scene at Fifth Street and Willow Avenue working to isolate and fix the broken main, city officials said shortly before 6 a.m.

The situation prompted the closure of Willow Avenue and Clinton Street between Sixth and Fourth avenues.

A parked SUV became fully submerged in a sinkhole during the ordeal; it was later towed from the scene.

A local elementary school, Our Lady of Grace, was closed because of the incident, according to its principal.

Officials have not said how long repairs will take.

The 126 buses were temporarily impacted, but have since resumed, according to NJ Transit.