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Crash causes 125-foot geyser

Posted: July 18, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 1:30 a.m.

A big-rig truck making a U-turn on a Castaic street knocked over a high-pressure fire hydrant and sent water shooting 100 feet into the air, a fire official said Tuesday.

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A big-rig truck making a U-turn on a Castaic street knocked over a high-pressure fire hydrant and sent water shooting 100 feet into the air, a fire official said Tuesday.

Firefighters from Station 149 in Castaic were called to the scene on Castaic Road near Lake Hughes Road around 11 p.m. Monday to shut off the hydrant, said fire Capt. Ken Renz.

He said he summoned a truck company so firefighters wielding squeegees could push the water out of a nearby store, where it cascaded following the truck-vs.-hydrant crash.

Renz estimated the water shot as high as 125 feet into the air.

Mud in the shopping center parking lot and some branches that were sheared off a nearby tree were the only visible indications of the night’s events on Tuesday morning, said Larry Ellis, who lives nearby and saw the crash. He praised the truck driver for staying at the scene and said such accidents aren’t unusual.

“The light pole in front of my apartment has been knocked down seven times since I’ve been here,” Ellis said, adding that he’s lived in the Castaic apartment building for five years.

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