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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sinkhole Halts Traffic on Minskaya Ulitsa

MTExcavators clearing away rubble from a 120-square-meter sinkhole that appeared on Minskaya Ulitsa on Sunday.
Traffic was halted in both directions on Minskaya Ulitsa in western Moscow on Sunday when a 120-square-meter sinkhole appeared in the roadway, Interfax reported.

A source at City Hall told Interfax that the sinkhole, which was up to 50 centimeters deep, would be repaired within 24 hours. "We're getting together the machinery and macadam to fill it," the source said.

No one was injured as a result of the sinkhole, which appeared just before noon Sunday, Yevgeny Bobylev, spokesman for the Moscow branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, told Interfax.

An initial investigation indicated that the sinkhole had resulted from local underground flooding. "It seems likely that a pipe could have burst," Bobylev said.

Law enforcement sources said the construction of a new metro line in the area could be to blame.

Sinkholes in roadways are not uncommon in Moscow

Last September, a truck was swallowed after a section of a Leningradsky Prospekt access road subsided.

In 1998, a car and the facade of a two-story building sank into a 500-square-meter hole near the Mayor's Office in a collapse blamed on a water leak.