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Massive sinkhole opens up in downtown Ottawa

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:14 PM -

As if a messy wintry mix wasn't enough to impact the morning commute, a giant sinkhole closed the intersection of Laurier Avenue East and Waller Street in downtown Ottawa Friday morning.

The hole forced OC Transpo to shut down a nearby transit station, causing major delays for several commuters.

The cause of the sinkhole, which measures about eight metres wide and 12 metres deep, is unknown, authorities say.

It came at a time however, that saw rain and freezing rain push into the area.

The hole is within about 100 metres of the site where city crews have been digging for a new light rail transit line, The Canadian Press reports.

No injuries have been reported.

With files from The Canadian Press

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