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The South Carolina Department of Transportation closed off Broughton near the Orangeburg City Gym Thursday night due to a sinkhole.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Lt. Tony Robinson said the sinkhold opened up sometime before he arrived on the scene about 7:30 p.m.

“To my knowledge, I’m not certain about the width or depth of the hole,” Robinson said. “DOT will be out there again Friday morning to begin work on repairs.”

Robinson said there was no private property damage nor injuries as a result of the sinkhole.

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“The barricades are already up so drivers will have to either hit Middleton or go to Windsor to detour around the sinkhole. That should be the situation for most of tomorrow, too.”

A previous sinkhole formed July 5, 2013 on Summers Avenue near the Orangeburg County Library, closing the road to local traffic.

Jon Kangas, SCDOT assistant residence maintenance engineer, said at the time sinkholes typically form when water pipes crack and water from them seeps into sandy soils, loosening up concrete and causing holes to develop.

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