Crash into hydrant creates 'lake', underground fuel concerns

Crash into hydrant creates 'lake', underground fuel concerns

Credit: Hayley Guenthner

Crash into hydrant creates 'lake', underground fuel concerns

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 10:27 AM

(SPOKANE) -- Emergency crews had a difficult time finding a shut off valve for a fire hydrant knocked over by a driver police say was going too fast for the conditions Monday morning.

It happened just before 8 a.m. near Nevada and Hawthorne.

Police say the driver hit the hydrant and had to be pulled out of her sedan, with water flowing underneath the back, right end of the car.  Medical crews say the woman hurt her back.

But the emergency did not end there.  The hydrant sent thousands of gallons of water into the area, which so happens to be located by a Pacific Pride commercial vehicle fueling station.  It took crews more than an hour to find the correct valve to shut off.  Authorities were concerned all that water could dislodge or even float the commercial fuel tanks.

KREM 2's Hayley Guenthner is there and will continue to update the situation.

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