STUDIO CITY—On Friday, May 13, a fire hydrant was hit by a vehicle in Studio City causing water to spill onto the streets. The accident was a single-car crash and the driver was not arrested nor cited, according to ABC7.
When the vehicle collided with the hydrant it caused the water valve to burst, spewing gallons of water onto the hillside nearby causing large amounts of mud to flow down the street.
Coldwater Canyon from Ventura Boulevard to Avenida Del Sol, nearly a two-mile stretch, was shut down until a little after 11 a.m. as crews worked to clear out all of the mud.
The road closure resulted in commuters finding alternate routes to reach their destinations. One route included Laurel Canyon Boulevard, producing a higher volume of traffic during the Friday morning commute.
The Harvard-Westlake Campus is located right in the middle of where the hydrant burst, but students were able to get to class using alternate roads.
“We were notified very early in the morning and notified our community through our emergency broadcast system that we have in the school,” said Harvard-Westlake’s communications director Ari Engelberg, according to LAist. “There were some delays and the school schedule was pushed back about a half hour, but that’s it. Everybody who needed to get to campus got to campus.”
The crash was determined to be an accident, but authorities are investigating what factors may have caused the collision.