Man injured after crashing into fire hydrant in Chollas View
Crash causes water geyser
Last Updated: 158 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A man is in the hospital Tuesday morning after he slammed his car into a fire hydrant, creating a huge water geyser in Chollas View.
The crash happened on Market Street near Euclid Avenue. The passenger, Kasey Harvey, told 10News the driver suddenly became unresponsive behind the wheel as they headed for the hydrant. He said the driver suffered a seizure.
"He wouldn't say nothing to me," Harvey said. "I tried and tried. He wouldn't say nothing … He wouldn't respond to me. I said, 'Antwan! Antwan! Watch what you're doing!'"
A 10News photographer captured water shooting up about 75 feet into the air after the crash.
"Man, that's something else," said Chollas View resident Andre Word. "There's a big hole and you wonder what caused it."
A firefighter crawled into the car, while others hooked it up to their heavy rescue unit, which had a wench onboard. They said they had to use caution since an electrical box was also hit. The firefighter in the car was able to get a neck brace around the man and appeared to be talking him through the rescue.
After about 30 minutes, firefighters pulled the car off the hydrant and got the man out from behind the wheel. They loaded him onto a stretcher and took him to an area hospital.
"This is one of those calls where patience has to come into play," San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept. Battalion Chief Steve Salaz.
San Diego police are still looking into the cause of the crash. Investigators are waiting for blood results to determine if the driver was under the influence.
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