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I-4 pothole damages 25-30 cars in Longwood

All westbound lanes of interstate reopen early Wednesday

LONGWOOD, Fla. – As many as 30 cars were damaged Tuesday night when drivers went over a pothole in the center lane of westbound Interstate 4 in Longwood, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said their agency started receiving calls about the issue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

One vehicle was so badly damaged that it had to be towed away, according to the FHP. Another driver told News 6 that she was “jolted” from her seat. Crews also helped change tires that were flattened by the pothole.

The size of the pothole has not been disclosed.

The Florida Department of Transportation said it was in contact with the I-4 Ultimate contractor about the situation.

“Inclement weather may have played a part," FDOT said. "The focus overnight is to ensure the safety of the traveling public and repair the roadway.”

Crews worked to repair the pothole, and all lanes of I-4 west reopened around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said there were no crashes reported in the area during the incident.

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