Fire Hydrant Sheared in East Los Angeles


A truck hit a parked car and then a fire hydrant Saturday morning near East Los Angeles, causing water to gush from the sheared hydrant until the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut it off more than an hour later, authorities said.

The hit-and-run crash occurred at 1:49 a.m. at 5263 East Borland Road, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Kevin Moore. The truck hit a parked car and the hydrant and fled.

A witness noted the truck’s license plate, Moore said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was unable to stop the water gushing from the hydrant, and the DWP shut it off at 2:41 a.m. said spokeswoman Kim Hughes.

Workers had to shut down the main, but were working diversions to minimize the number of customers impacted, Hughes said.

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