Car shears off a fire hydrant when steering malfunctions

ST. GEORGE — It was a wet morning for firefighters and police on South River Road Sunday when a car veered off the road, took out a fire hydrant and came to rest in some bushes.

A car sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water onto South River Road Sunday morning. St. George, Utah, June 12, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A car sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water onto South River Road Sunday morning. St. George, Utah, June 12, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said a 26-year-old St. George man was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala south on River Road at Fort Pierce Drive just before 9:30 a.m. He told police he wasn’t sure if he had hit something or if a part of the car just came loose.

“While he was driving the car suddenly became hard to steer,” Trombley said, “and that was when he went off the roadway and collided with a fire hydrant.”

The fire hydrant immediately started gushing water onto the street and into the parking lot of Mr. D’s Chevron gas station on the corner. The car had caught a planter on the way through and broken off rocks and bricks, Trombley said, and the water washed those into the street as well.

St. George City Fire Department was on hand quickly. Several firefighters started cleaning up the debris on the roadway, while several others started attempting to turn the water to the hydrant off.

A car sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water onto South River Road Sunday morning. St. George, Utah, June 12, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A car sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water onto South River Road Sunday morning. St. George, Utah, June 12, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The firefighters were successful in stopping the water flow just before 10 a.m.

There were no injuries in the mishap, Trombley said. The driver of the Impala will not be cited as it was a malfunction with the vehicle that caused its crash into the fire hydrant. The Impala was towed from the scene.

Traffic was slowed for about 30 minutes through the area.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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12 Comments

  • Bob June 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    2014 Chevrolet Impala with a deadly type of steering malfunction? This needs more investigation

    • .... June 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Ha ha ha there ya go again dumbob shooting your mouth off before getting all the facts. …keep looking for your meds skippy…..ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      • Real Life June 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

        Years, and years of pill popping have really done a number on you Dumpster.

  • Chuck June 12, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Great way to get out of a ticket for distracted driving since front end is destroyed anyways. Some thing broke up there in my 2 year old car. Sure buddy!

    • Miquel June 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      This was my boyfriend and I. He’s only had this car for 7 months as a birthday gift. Chevy is paying the price for part malfunction as he just had car inspected and passed all safety and parts. The axle snapped and power steering went out as as he was driving in the left lane. He went to turn right for the gas station when the wheel locked and instead of driving left to head on traffic and people walking on the sidewalk, he chose with quick thinking to keep his car headed for the bushes as he tried slowed down, the fire hydrant stopping him from crashing into the gas station wall, and pushing him over the bushes. Please please watch the rude comments everyone. Today we just moved into our new house , excited to start a new adventure headed to breakfast before our last haul of boxes then this happened. I’m thanking all our lucky stars he walked away with out a scratch.

      • .... June 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        Don’t worry about anything Bob says he’s just a troll !

      • Bob June 12, 2016 at 7:55 pm

        had the car had the front end or anything worked on by anyone since new? was it one of those rebuilt title type deals? or was it a gm factory lemon? i would never buy a gm product unless it was dirt cheap, but i’d like to hope they’re built better than this. imagine it happening going 85mph

      • Bob June 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        if it was a gm factory lemon they might give u 50,000 dollars and have u sign a ‘nondisclosure agreement’. that means u can’t tell anyone how crappy the car was.

    • .... June 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hey Chuck next time get the facts before shooting off your mouth. !

      • Real Life June 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

        Shooting off at the mouth? Dumpster never does that.

  • Ron June 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    “steering malfunction” ???? Hah….I’ll have to remember that one next time I’m texting and driving. Yes, I have actually observed young couples texting while driving, or showing each other photos while driving. Happens more often than some may think.

  • BB June 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Yes Ron also what would help you is being quiet since you obviously were not there. Since I do know what happen my suggestion is simply be quiet.

    By the way the next time you are in a fender bender it would probably be because of your foot being in your mouth.

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