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Trucker knocks fire hydrant causing geyser, mudslides

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A semi truck’s bump into a fire hydrant sparked a mudslide in San Diego on Tuesday morning. 

The accident happened on May 16th in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, California at 7:30 a.m. 

According to NBC San Diego, California Highway Patrol was called when a semi truck struck a fire hydrant, causing a torrent of water to shoot high up into the air and flood the Hub Hillcrest Shopping Market parking lot. The water then flowed down the nearby mountainside and onto northbound SR-163 between University Avenue and Washington Street.

The flow of water caused a mudslide, which closed the 10th Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-163 and the northbound SR-163 off-ramp to eastbound Washington Street until about 2 p.m.

The truck responsible for the damaged fire hydrant was driving for “Splash Transport.” No further information has been released. 

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