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.