A BURST water pipe has caused a main road to cave in leaving a gaping hole.
Cromford Hill is currently closed off to traffic from both directions as a result of the cavern, which opened up in the middle of the B5036 opposite the entrance to Tarmac.
Severn Trent Water received a report about the hole at approximately 1am this morning and sent workers to attend to it immediately.
The hole measures approximately one metre in diameter and is about six feet deep.
Gary Hickman, reinstatement manager for Enterprise, which works in partnership with the water company, explained that a burst water pipe had created a cavern measuring 60 metres squared beneath the road surface, which had finally caused it to give way.
He said: “We are going to endeavour to get the road open as soon as possible, however due to the nature of the of the job and the amount of damage done this may take some time.
“The road may be closed until Friday.”
A diversion is in operation and the Trent Barton bus service 6.1 will divert via the A6.
Passengers for Wirksworth and Middleton should change at either Cromford or Belper for a shuttle bus service.