Terre Haute officials say repairing a 20-foot-deep sinkhole will keep a busy downtown intersection closed for a week or more.

City Engineer Chuck Ennis says that with good weather, the intersection at Fourth and Ohio Streets will reopen in seven to 10 days.

Ennis tells the Tribune-Star the sinkhole resulted from a sewer leak that slowly eroded the soil around it.

The sinkhole large enough to swallow a full-size car opened Wednesday afternoon after a fire ladder truck drove over it.

Ennis says sinkholes occur occasionally in the western Indiana city because of its more than century-old sewer lines.


Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com