San Diego

Sheared Fire Hydrant Shoots Water High into the Air Downtown

Passersby say they felt they had to rescue a driver trapped Sunday inside a car by water falling from 17-story high water geyser in downtown San Diego.

"I mean all the geyser, like thousands of gallons of water just dropping on him, it felt like he was drowning in the car," witness Scott Alaman said.

A fire hydrant shot water high into the air after a car hit the hydrant just after 4 p.m. Sunday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed. 

Traffic was backed up in all directions after the two-car crash at 10th and A Street. 

The driver who hit the hydrant was unable to get out of his car so people in the street pulled him out.

"We realized the guy was still in the car, so there was a crowd of people rushed over there tried to get the car open," Alaman said.


The driver was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured. 

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