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Turnpike reopens after crews repair 2 sinkholes

Crews believe broken water main caused rupture

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A portion of Florida’s Turnpike near Hard Rock Stadium reopened Sunday morning after crews worked to repair two sinkholes that appeared Saturday.

The Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department worked overnight to repair the damaged asphalt near Northwest 199th Street. They believe the holes were caused by a broken water main.

No injures were reported.  

Troopers received calls from drivers on Saturday afternoon who said a portion of the roadway was sagging. 

Fearing the road would collapse Florida Highway Patrol shut the portion of the Turnpike down. 

"Can you image a car doing 70 miles an hour, running into this?" Trooper Joe Sanchez said. "You're talking severe damage and possibly even death." 

Sanchez said he is happy the situation didn't end badly. 

"Something bad could have come out of this," he said. "But due to the action of the trooper and the decision they made to close off the road as quickly as possible, no one was hurt."