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Large Sinkhole Closes Smithtown Street

A large sinkhole in Smithtown. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

A large sinkhole in Smithtown. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Crews are working to repair a large sinkhole that closed a road in a Long Island town Tuesday morning.

The sinkhole was reported after a motorist unintentionally drove his Chevy into the gaping hole on Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown, Suffolk County police said.

“Someone drove through the water thinking it was from the rain and hit the hole and went right down,” Robert Miller, of the Suffolk County Water Authority said. “I would have been scared if that were me.”

The driver was not injured.

He was able to get out the vehicle and go to a nearby home to use the telephone and shower, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

Miller said a water main burst caused the sinkhole.

Mount Pleasant Road was closed between Daisy Lane and Cambridge Drive.