Huge sinkhole opens up in Detroit

A sinkhole in Detroit. Image: AP Photo, The Detroit News, Max Ortiz

An enormous sinkhole that appeared in the US city of Detroit at the weekend is continuing to cause disruption.

The hole opened up on Saturday evening, and is believed to be around 14ft deep and 8ft wide.

Another view of the sinkhole in Detroit. Image: AP Photo, The Detroit News, Max Ortiz

Another view of the sinkhole in Detroit. Image: AP Photo, The Detroit News, Max Ortiz

Traffic has been diverted from the area, which is in the downtown part of the city near the General Motors Renaissance Centre.

The exact cause of the sinkhole is unknown, but the Detroit News has reported that a ruptured water main 14 feet underground may have caused the road surface to collapse.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation told the CBS news network: "Unfortunately we are a pretty old city. We have older substructures underneath the roadways, and so at the moment we are not sure.

"Age is always a factor - that's going to be the kind of thing that's going to have to be determined as well."

City officials expect it will be a few days before damage caused by the hole has been repaired.