Vehicle Hits Fire Hydrant on Clayton Road

February 16, 2013 16:18 pm · 34 comments



A vehicle struck a fire hydrant on Clayton Road in Concord on Saturday afternoon around 3:30.

The crash, which occurred at the intersection of Clayton & Alberta, caused mild flooding on the road until ConFIRE was able to shut off the water.

No major injuries were reported.

Thanks to Jenny for the top picture and Robert for the one on the bottom. Also, thanks to everybody else who sent pictures and newstips!

Starfish February 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Damn those suicidal hydrants!

runforrestrun February 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Still gushing @ 4:20.

Con tea February 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

There’s a fire hydrant on the median? Really?

karebear February 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I live right by it ,,,water company stopped it 🙂

The Closer February 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Another hydrant bites the dust. Tough times on the roadways of Claycord as of late.

Elwood February 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The Contra Costa Water District is trying to train hydrants not to jump in front of cars.

No success so far.

Howard K. Mullins III February 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I would love the hear the excuses the driver gave to the police for this one…

Cowellian February 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Why should the light standards have all the fun?

bluebird February 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Free Car Wash Today!

Just drive by on Clayton at Alberta Way.
Donations always gladly accepted ;>

Dingleberry February 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Since when is there a Fire hydrant in the median?

Left A Mark February 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

NO, medians are not passing lanes.

Joe Blow February 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

the majority of hydrants on Clayton rd are on the median south of treat. I believe it is because that is where they laid the main line and at some point widened the road. So if there is ever a significant fire expect on Clayton rd, expect it to be closed down for a while!

YOURDADDYDEVILANDLORD February 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Alright, seriously, can we agree to make the driving portion of the DMV test harder, and maybe have us take it every 5-10 years? I would gladly put up with it to get some of these crappy, idiotic drivers off of the road, it is getting beyond stupid. Seriously, how friggin’ hard is it?

Dorothy February 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Fire hydrants are at it again. When will they learn not to jump in front of cars and trucks.

funny man February 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

i’m surprised the post isnt saturated with more aqueous comments.

Susan c. February 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Lol. Fire hydrants in the median. Totally stupid! What’s gonna burn there? Cars that explode while hitting the fire hydrant.

ctown February 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It is not the location of the fire hydrant that is stupid. It is the people driving into them that is stupid.

firefighters daughter February 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

No one has said anything about the driver – the car looked pretty crushed. Hope he/she is OK. Wow, what a ton of water, almost needed a boat to get through it.

V February 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

we were watching this for a little while at work today. it was probably the most exciting thing we saw all day.

Curley Howard February 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

It’s A Geezer!!!!

J. February 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

@Pleasant Jenny:
Did you try the CC Pound, or A.R.F. yet, for a kitty?

Antler February 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Time for the City to put bollard installations out for bids?

anon February 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I would say the location as well as the driver are lame.
In the median? Now we have to stop traffic in order to put out a fire on Terry Lynn Ln.

lizzie February 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

How flippin stupid can you be? You have to be going pretty fast to hit a hydrant and make it explode in a wall of water. Thank you for cleaning my jeep though. I passed thru shortly after you hit it………

karebear February 16, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The driver was an elderly man who also hit a,mail truck ,i live right by there ,luckly no one was hurt

Chihuahua February 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

I hit five or six fire hydrants every day. Kinda depends on how often I’m walked.

Ricomann February 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM

From an eyewitness at the scene, a driver was headed eastbound and missed the light. A VERY attractive post woman was driving her US Mail delivery vehicle. When the light turned green she began to make a left off Alberta toward westbound Clayton Road where contact was made with the passenger side of the Toyota van which subsequently hit the hydrant. I got several photos…

Ricomann February 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The postal woman really is a fox!

uh1vce160 February 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

When I moved to Concord in 1962 Clayton Rd. was only 2 lanes. The hydrants were on not in the median but on the curbs and everything else you see was orchards (not the store).

Kirkwood February 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Glad to see that the hydrant wasn’t “destroyed”. 🙂

Original Anon February 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Lol, A friends says over 50 people were making the flow of traffic through there even more gridlocked because they All had their iphones videoing, Yet, No video footage has surfaced. Bunch of selfish folks, probably posted it of their silly facebook.

Chuckie the Troll February 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Dar she blows!

kajtek1 February 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I am relative to the driver. He is OK.
The accident happened when he avoided hitting a car that moved from Alberta across his lane when he was crossing the intersection.
Timing is everything.
Hundreds of cameras working after accident, but none during it.

Squirrel February 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I’ve lost track of all the property damage done on my behalf. My careless crossings on busy streets has sent dozens of cars swerving into other cars, light poles & pedestrians, but thank God after all those close calls, I’m OK. Thanks to all of you. Maybe next time I’ll look before I cross…………………… nah!

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