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Sinkhole opens up on Boston Rd. in Chelmsford

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - A giant sinkhole opened up on Boston Road in Chelmsford early Sunday morning, crumbling under the heavy rain.

Officials say that the culvert was clogged and, because of the heavy downpours overnight, water had nowhere to go, destroying the culvert and eroding the dirt around it.

The situation could have been a lot worse. Underneath the road is a gas line and a telephone pole was about to come down on top of it.

"It was kind of hairy until it fell. Luckily it didn't break the pipe cause it was a steel pipe, we got lucky on that one,” said Capt. Henry Houle of the Chelmsford Fire Department.

National Grid was on the scene to shut the gas off.

Nobody was injured.

Houle closed the road just in case, so nobody was driving on the road when it fell in.

“Our job is to expect the worst, so I can’t take anything lightly,” Houle said.

Boston Rd. will remain closed until the necessary repairs are made. Chelmsford Police said that Boston Rd. southbound is detoured down Warren Ave. to Turnpike Rd. Boston Rd. northbound is detoured onto Parker Rd. to Acton Rd.

Officers will be assisting with traffic flow during the morning commute as needed.

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