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Update: No Injuries From Crash That Takes Out Fire Hydrant in Edmonds

A delivery van hits a power pole and a fire hydrant, which breaks the underground water line to the hydrant. Flood races north on Fifth Avenue South.

Updated on 12:20 p.m. with information from Sgt. Mike Blackburn of the Emdonds Police Department.

On Saturday at 5:55 a.m. Edmonds Police, along with firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1, responded to a reported automobile crash at Fifth Avenue South and Alder Street.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a delivery van had hit a power pole and a fire hydrant, which broke the underground water line to the hydrant.

Thousands of gallons of water were released at 120 pounds-per-square-inch until firefighters were able to dig to the partially buried and now submerged shut-off valve.

Water that escaped from the broken line flooded into and around three nearby businesses in the 300 and 400 blocks of Fifth Avenue South.

PUD responded to inspect the impacted power pole for damage. City of Edmonds Public Works' Water Department responded for the line damage.

There were no injuries from the collision.

Original story:

We are checking with Edmonds police and Snohomish County Fire District 1 on an accident early this morning in Edmonds.

Patch reader Priya Sinha sent some photos of water running down the street near Fifth Avenue South and Alder Street. She said at about 5:50 a.m. she heard a loud crash and saw water running down the street.

She said she called 911 and determined that a vehicle had hit the fire hydrant, on the southeast corner of Fith and Alder.

From Priya Sinha:

We saw the young man who was driving the truck. He was clearly not intoxicated. He stated that he swerved to avoid a cat and hit the main. The response was prompt. It took the Fire Department about 30 to 40 minutes to turn off the main.

We live just kitty corner and our water was not affected at all. As you can see from the pictures, the front axle collapsed. He must have hit the main, backed out and tried to drive away before realizing the axle was bent.

He made it almost all the way to Dayton before he stopped the truck. The driver did not appear to be injured. We were able to observe that there was flooding to businesses on the eastern side of 5th between Alder and Dayton.

We will have more information when it's available.

Brian Soergel September 15, 2012 at 07:40 PM
New info added-Brian

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