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El Camino car crash creates hydrant mini-geyser

Crash at Grant Avenue and El Camino sends car into fire hydrant shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday

A two-car collision at Grant Avenue and El Camino Real shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday sent one car careening into a fire hydrant, creating a mini-geyser that attracted spectators, fire, police and utilities crews to the scene.

Fire crews were able, under a Utilities Department worker's guidance, to cap off the 8-foot-tall geyser about 7:45 p.m., to the applause of a crowd of a dozen or more onlookers.

There were no serious injuries reported. Both vehicles had extensive damage and required towing away, and the hydrant was broken off just below ground level.

Water gushing from the pipeline flooded several blocks of El Camino and all the way down Grant to Birch Street.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Too hot
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

That's one way to cool off!


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Posted by what the?
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

That picture isn't of Grant and El Camino...


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Posted by Look again
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Sure it is. That's the tall building across from Olive Garden.


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Posted by what happened?
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Red light runner? Drunk driver? Cell phone user? All three?


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Posted by PA Utilities Worker
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:56 am

Utilities guy has his safety vest on, how about Fire?


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Posted by John F
a resident of Escondido School
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:14 am

Southbound car on El Cam. made a left in front of N.bound car. Spun the SB car around and sent it rolling backward into the fire hydrant. The picture doesn't give due justice to the geyser which was reaching the tree tops when I arrived. A little guy in a car seat took quite a jolt but appeared to be fine.


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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

"PA utilities worker", the purpose of the vest is to provide a reflector surface to be better visible to vehicles. Can't you see the reflector stripes on the turnout jackets? It is nice that the city worker gets to wear a t-shirt when the fire fighters have to wear the jackets. It's the council that screwed you on your contract, not the firefighters.


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Posted by The Photographer
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

@what the?
The picture is taken from the sidewalk on Grant Ave, standing next to the Olive Garden parking lot, looking toward the Bank of America ATM machine across El Camino.

@John F
True, the geyser of water was initially higher than shown in the picture. By the time I arrived they were already in the process of shutting the water off.



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