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Posted at 7:58 PM ET, 07/17/2010

Car falls into sinkhole in Dupont Circle

By Terri Rupar

Part of a street in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington was closed Saturday evening after a hole opened in the pavement, partially trapping a car, authorities said.

The hole was reported about 7 p.m. near the curb in the 1500 block of 18th Street, said spokesmen for the District's fire and transportation departments.

They said a car that had apparently been parked where the hole opened was removed. Safety cones were placed in the hole as a warning, said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

By 8:30 p.m., the street had been reopened, said transportation department spokesman John Lisle. He said the department would send inspectors to determine the what caused the hole.

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 7:58 PM ET
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