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UPDATE: Fire hydrant sheered in auto accident created mess on 1st Avenue

City crews try to shut off the flow from a sheered fire hydrant on Seymour Street.
January 31, 2014 - 2:01 PM

KAMLOOPS - An accident between two vehicles and a fire hydrant at 1st Avenue and Seymour Street created a mess this morning.

The crash happened at about 9:40 a.m. resulting in the fire hydrant being sheered off, sending water into the street.

The RCMP stated the accident happened when the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and T-boned a four-door sedan. One of the vehicles slammed into the fire hydrant, knocking it off the water main. This resulted in a geyser of water shooting upwards, with the flow travelling down the street, all the way to Landsdowne Street, snagging traffic.

The hyrant pipe was bent causing trouble for the city crew attempting to shut off the flow, though the task was complete by 10:30 a.m. The flood caused by the damaged hydrant forced RCMP to temporarily close 1st Avenue between Seymour and Victoria Streets and also resulted in a large glazing of ice that required sand and gravel to be spread on the road and sidewalks.

The driver of the sedan was taken to hospital with minor injuries and released. The driver of the pickup is facing charges for disobeying a red light.

This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. to include updated information from the City of Kamloops. The name of the closed street was corrected.

— This story was updated at noon to include information from the Kamloops RCMP.

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