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Car strikes hydrant, lands onto hedges

Accident involved second car, causes a geyser on Channing Avenue in Palo Alto

A gold Toyota sedan sheared off a fire hydrant and struck an SUV before landing on a row of hedges across Middlefield Road on Saturday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 12:42 p.m., caused a geyser of water approximately 15 feet wide and 40 feet tall to gush near the southwest corner of Channing Avenue.

The driver apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, according to Palo Alto police.

The Toyota had been traveling east on Channing. In addition to the hydrant, the car also struck a street sign and crossed over a sidewalk before coming to a stop. No one was injured, police at the scene said.

City employees, drenched by the geyser, used hand equipment to turn off the water valve.

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26 people like this
Posted by driver age?
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Why was the driver's age omitted from the article? The ease with which elderly drivers can renew their licenses is a pet peeve of mine.


10 people like this
Posted by Lots to be thankful for
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

Big thank you to the city employees pictured!


18 people like this
Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

Hulkamania is a registered user.

driver age? sez, "Why was the driver's age omitted from the article?"

Let's not be making cracks about older drivers mental acuity. I'm almost 70 and still drive grea... Look! A squirrel!


21 people like this
Posted by Darn
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Nicest new piece of public art in Palo Alto in a long, long time. Too bad it was only temporary.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

This could have been caused by an elderly driver, or it could have been a teenager on their first behind the wheel lesson. It is fortunate that this was a fire hydrant and not a person, someone with a stroller or a toddler on a trike.

What charges does a driver face in a case like this? Apart from the driving erratically issue, is the driver responsible for the damage and repair to the hydrant, let alone the cost of turning it off and the loss of water?

Interesting scenario.


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Posted by TorreyaMan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

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The elderly driver assumption is sad. Oh how we make assumptions to fit our pre-existing prejudices. An almost exact same occurrence occurred on Torreya Court couple of years ago, and it was a 17 year old hitting the wrong petal.


6 people like this
Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

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A few months ago at the same intersection, a teenager ran the light and broad-sided a van.


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Posted by member
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:25 am

The post by "driver's age" is interesting for his/her projections, but also, because in fact, articles usually do mention age if the writer thought it was relevant, which perhaps it wasn't in this case.


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Posted by @driver age?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

You know that younger drivers are involved in far more accidents than seniors right? I'd vent about the ease in which younger drivers get and keep a license if I was actually interested in public safety.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Older driver? Could of been anybody. [Portion removed.]


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