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Cab crash creates geyser in Raleigh

Posted August 31, 2008

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— A two-vehicle crash sent a car careening into a fire hydrant, setting off a geyser that gushed several feet into the air at an intersection in southeastern Raleigh Saturday night.

A cab heading east on Poole Road t-boned a car headed south on New Hope Road around midnight, police said. The impact crushed the front end of the cab and slammed the car into a fire hydrant.

A woman and her adult daughter inside the car were taken to WakeMed. The cabdriver walked away uninjured.

Water gushed from the broken hydrant at the rate of 3,000 gallons a minute, fire officials said. The water flowed for two hours, and a foot of water accumulated around the intersection of Poole and New Hope.

Police called Raleigh's Public Utilities Department to shut off the valve to the hydrant.

All of New Hope and one lane of Poole were shut down until emergency workers cleared the scene.

There was no word if any charges would be filed in the wreck.

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  • djofraleigh Sep 1, 2008

    There is NO excuse for crashes in this crash prone intersection. People are running the light at high speeds. Traffic engineers have already set the lights to all red before changing to left turn arrows. There is good visibility from all directions except to see traffic coming from the south on New Hope Rd.

    This intersection would benefit from a traffic camera, giving tickets and changing drivers' mindsets. Just do it!

    Oh yeah, hydrants are built with break-away valves so that if the hydrant, which is dry, is hit, it should break away from the water line many feet below. Why did that fail? Do we need better hydrants at intersections?