Sinkhole in downtown Wichita caused by hit-and-run crash

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Police say a sinkhole in downtown Wichita was caused when one vehicle rear-ended another, causing it to plow into a fire hydrant.

The crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2nd Street and Emporia. Officer Charley Davidson said an SUV hit the rear of a pickup and the pickup then hit a fire hydrant.

Rushing water from the hydrant caused a sinkhole to open up in the street. 

No injuries were were reported.

Officer Davidson said the driver of the SUV fled the scene and has not been located.

City workers fixed the hydrant and were working Wednesday to fill the hole. Emergency pavement repairs were scheduled for Thursday. Emporia will remain closed until repairs are complete.\


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