Southern Indiana highway lanes closed after sinkhole opens

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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — State transportation officials say a sinkhole that opened up overnight on a southern Indiana highway has forced the closure of a portion of that freeway.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says eastbound lanes of Interstate 265 in Floyd County between Charlestown Road and Interstate 65 were closed early Wednesday after the sinkhole developed.

Traffic is not being allowed onto the ramps at those locations.

A contractor is now working to fill the sinkhole and repave the highway. INDOT says it hopes the lanes can reopen later Wednesday, weather permitting.

Motorist Cara Chumley tells WLKY-TV that her car struck the sinkhole during her morning commute to work, damaging one of its wheels.

She says officers helped her change her tire before she drove to a local hospital for an evaluation.

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