Lowell officials examine a sinkhole on Gorham Street.
Lowell officials examine a sinkhole on Gorham Street. (SUN/ROBERT MILLS)

LOWELL -- Police and Department of Public Works officials have closed Gorham Street between Maple and London streets after a sport utility vehicle crashed into a large sinkhole on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to Gorham Street, just past the Spaghettiville Bridge, about 4 p.m., where they found a maroon SUV with its front, passenger side crashed into the hole. Police said no one was injured.

Department of Public Works Director Ralph Snow was at the scene and said it appears water washed out the dirt beneath the road, though exactly why will be determined once crews can dig up the hole to investigate.

Crews were planning to cover the hole with steel plates to make it safe overnight before digging up the hole to investigate the cause and make repairs on Wednesday.

Lowell officials examine a sinkhole on Gorham Street.
Lowell officials examine a sinkhole on Gorham Street. (SUN/ROBERT MILLS)

Snow said the hollow space beneath the road extends for several feet beyond where the asphalt collapsed.

Gorham Street was closed in both directions between Maple and London streets, but police said the outbound lane may be reopened later Tuesday night. It was not immediately clear if the inbound lane would be reopened.

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