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Driver hits fire hydrant, shuts down water service

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RANCHO PENASQUITOS (CNS) - A pickup truck crashed into a fire hydrant early Saturday, causing flooding and culminating in road closures and low or no water pressure for hours for some customers in the area, a city water spokesman said.

The incident occurred after midnight at the intersection of Cuca Street and Penasquitos Drive, said Arian Collins, City of San Diego supervising public information officer.

"A vehicle ran off the road into a fire hydrant early this morning," Collins said. "After the crash, parts of Penasquitos Drive were closed due to flooding."

 Collins said public utility crews had trouble shutting down the valve for the affected fire hydrant.

"They ended up shutting down the water main in front of the Doubletree Hilton Hotel at 14455 Penasquitos Drive," Collins said. "That resulted in low water pressure for customers in the area, most of whom had water service restored by about 10 a.m."

"The hydrant has not been repaired yet," Collins said. "It will be repaired on Monday."

The driver of the car was not identified. Authorities said the driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the hydrant crash.

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