MOUNT VERNON — A broken fire hydrant flooded Quarry Street on the east side of Mount Vernon, Thursday around noon.
The hydrant is on a 16-inch water main under about 80 pounds per square inch pressure. At first the hydrant pipe was only leaking but quickly grew as the earth washed away, according to Judy Scott, waterwaste superintendent.
Water under the pressure washed out a 6-foot-deep hole about 30 feet across before the water could be shut off 30 minutes later. The Mount Vernon Police Department report said the hydrant was struck by the back wheel of a truck. The report did not name a driver.
By late afternoon Mount Vernon City water department workmen had repaired and replaced the hydrant and filled in the hole and water pressure was restored. There was a concern that trick-or-treaters might stumble in the opening.
BANGS — One driver suffered a broken ankle and two other drivers had minor injuries in a chain reaction, three-car rear-end crash Thursday at 3:15 p.m. on U.S. 36 in Bangs. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said McKenzie Young, 20, Mount Vernon, was taken to Knox Community Hospital for treatment by the Central Ohio Joint Fire District squad.
The patrol said Young was distracted driving and ran into a car driven by Grecian Kline, 23, Delaware, who was in turn knocked into a car driven by Owen Carpenter, 16, Mount Vernon, who was stopped waiting to turn onto Johnstown Road. Young was charged with assured clear distance ahead.
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