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Road closed after car hit hydrant in Hartford


Airport Road in Hartford remained closed Thursday evening after a car hit a fire hydrant sending water gushing out into the road.

The incident occurred in the area of 55 Airport Rd. about 3 p.m.

It is unclear if the driver was seriously injured in the crash.

Metropolitan District Commission is on scene. There is no word on whether any water customers have been affected.

The westbound lanes of Airport Road are closed between Locust Street and Wethersfield Avenue, police said.

Police are urging drivers to avoid the area. Repairs were being made during rush hour and backups were caused by the work.

Witnesses told Eyewitness News a car cut off another driver and caused others to help to swerve to avoid the vehicle. 

"She hit the pole, bounced off the pole, hit the hydrant and it didn't break off because she hit it from a low point," said Robert Labbe. "So basically it picked it up off of the ground and snapped it down below. All the water came out and picked the car up five feet in the air."

MDC officials said the water from the hydrant has frozen and created a slippery commute and working environment. Crews are working to de-ice streets affected.

The hydrant may not be replaced Thursday night, MDC officials said.

Check back with Eyewitness News for updates to this story.

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