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Vehicle Hits Fire Hydrant--Causes a Stream of Spectators


A vehicle accident causes quite the scene in one Bismarck neighborhood.

Around 1:40 Sunday afternoon, police responded to an accident along Divide Avenue involving two vehicles and a fire hydrant.

A stream of people show up to watch.

"Just came over to take a look at the old faithful here in the middle of Bismarck, fire hydrant got knocked over, it was a two car accident I believe." says Bernie Nielsen/Bismarck.

Bismarck police say 16-year-old Willison man was driving south on 19th Street.

An SUV driven by an 82-year-old Bismarck woman was westbound on Divide Avenue when the two vehicles collided at the intersection

The car continued through the intersection and struck a fire hydrant--causing water to spew like a geyser into the streets.

The woman was taken to the hospital--but it's not known how severe her injuries at this time. Neither driver has been cited.

The accident caused quite the scene for many people in the neighborhood.

All ages showed up to take pictures, but one property owner near the intersection says accidents happen here more often than they should although he's never seen anything like this before.

" It's quite a geyser, I really thought they'd get it shut off sooner than they did, but they've got a problem finding the shut-off underneath the ice and snow on the boulevard." says Ray Lauer/Property owner.

The fire hydrant was spraying for more than an hour before workers were able to eventually shut off the water.

Police report over $5200 in damage was done to the hydrant.

The investigation continues.

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