PIC: Fire Hydrant Destroyed Near Newhall Park in Concord

March 15, 2014 15:22 pm · 25 comments


A vehicle hit a fire hydrant on Murchio Dr. near Newhall Park in Concord on Saturday morning, according to a witness.

No major injuries were reported.

Thanks to John for the picture!

ChampagneKitty March 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

When’s the funeral?

Hydrant Union March 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Man Down!

Nat March 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Apparently the fire hydrants are back as the primary targets. The bus stops signs are celebrating!

Hydrant Union March 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Nice spout!

I'm The Urban Spaceman March 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Fire Hydrant Hunting Season in Claycord has opened.

Jerk March 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Don’t worry, No questions regarding cell phone usage were asked about in this crash.
We Don’t WANT TO KNOW. Brought to you by the Telecommunication Corporations of AmeriKa.

Cowellian March 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

More hydrantcide?

We need some common sense laws to prevent this!

KJ March 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

How many gallons of water were lost?

jtkatec March 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

We need a study

Yes, they are... March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

MAGNETIC! Sucks those cars right in every time….

Curley Howard March 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

“It’s a Geezer!”

Sean Coleman March 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

That was my father. Suffering from schizophrenia. Thankfully he wasnt hurt. He doesnt own a cellphone. I just found this out. Some of these comments were painful

Debbie Downer March 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I like your style Sean.

Reality Bites March 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM

So why is he driving? If you want to be thankful, be thankful he didn’t hit another vehicle with a family and injure or kill anyone. And now that you have gone public what measures will you and your family take to prevent another “accident”?

ChampagneKitty March 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Sean, I think I’d better clarify my earlier comment. I’m worried you may have interpreted it in a way I didn’t intend. When I said “When’s the funeral?” I was referring to the fire hydrant, not your dad! I don’t know if you read Claycord regularly, but there is a running joke about fire hydrants that get run into in our community. If you were hurt by it, I certainly apologize.

Suzanne March 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

My condolences but it’s time for you to have a talk with him about not driving; illnesses such as these are not immediately life threatening when treated properly, but can result in self injury or injury to others as this incident showed. It’s time to take his keys away, I know this will be painful for the both of you–but it will be better for the both of you.

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz March 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The horror….. the horror…….

Sean Coleman March 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Thank you. Mental illness is awful, I am very thankful he didnt injury anyone, and that me or my dog were not in the car. I dont read claycord often but the casualties of fire hydrants is up there.

Cowellian March 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I’m glad your father wasn’t hurt. Is it time to take his keys away?

Mustang Sally March 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Hey Sean, yeah, sorry about your dad. Mental illness isn’t at all funny. With this incident his driver’s lisence will be under review, as it should be. I’ve been through it. Better safe than sorry. Like ChampaneKitty said, we do crack wise about all the fire hydrant casualties, it wasn’t at all personal! Good luck with everything.

Cowellian March 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

You came here looking for class, but forgot to bring any with you.

mika March 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Another hydrant, minding its own business. As poster above stated, the horror!

Roxane March 27, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Hi Sean,

I’m so happy to hear your father is doing okay. My friend Rosalind and I were one of the first one’s to arrive after the accident. You father’s car was upside down with water gushing over both sides. There was really no way to see into the car or get past the wall of water on either side to get anyone out.

The driver’s door was slightly open but the car was filling up w/water enough that your father could have drown had he been unconscious. In fact, it took quite a while before he finally emerged from the car.

Ros and I dove into the water and tugged the driver side door until the opening was wide enough for someone crawl out. Unfortunately, the wall of water and pressure was so intense, there was no getting past it and into the car to get anyone out. Considering the amount of time it took your father to crawl out, it’s very possible he DID lose consciousness.

Once out, we sat him down at the curb, asked him several times if there was anyone else in the car. He shook his head and said, “no”. He looked so bewildered and deeply sadden; not about the car but more disappointed and angry with himself.

I asked him his name, his address, and if he lived alone. He told me his name was Paul, he pointed towards the stop sign then said, “I live just down the street with my son”. I jogged toward the direction he pointed but didn’t see the street name he gave me. By then the police and fire dept began to show up.

I told the police your address and that he said you were home. I’m hoping they went to your house after they took your father away in the ambulance.

You and your father have been in my thoughts. I can only imagine your relief that he came out of all of this mostly unscathed.

Please do not allow comments from others here to affect you or your love for your father. Remember, it is far too easy to judge one another when we chooses to view from only our limited perspective.

Be well – Roxane

ChampagneKitty March 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Reality Bites, do you realize you come off as sounding like a jerk? Stop being so indignant and judgmental. You don’t know anything about these people.

Reality Bites March 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Do you realize you come across sounding like a sycophant. I only know what I know by the information posted, the same as you. I think you and original poster are to cavalier about a simple “accident” when the OP concedes he is fear full to ride with the driver.
It appears cowellian and mustang sally got the meaning of the post

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