Officials inspect U.S. 70 sinkhole

A sinkhole opened on U.S. 70 SE in Hickory, and motorists should avoid the area if possible.

The sinkhole is on private and public property in the westbound lanes on U.S. 70 SE in front of Valley Hills Mall. Detours have been set up in the area, and if possible, motorists should avoid this area.

Hickory Police Department and Hickory Public Service crews are on the scene, and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are on the way to assess the situation.

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