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Truck driver rips open fire hydrant during shortcut through parking lot, forcing closure of freeway in icy mess

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Truck driver rips open fire hydrant in a parking lot during a shortcut gone wrong that flooded a nearby freeway with water during subzero temperatures. 

The accident happened on Monday, January 15th in Detroit, Michigan at a gas station on Southfield Road and the Southfield Freeway. 

According to Detroit News 4, surveillance video from the gas station shows the La Croix delivery truck smashing into the fire hydrant as it cut through the parking lot to get around a red light. The truck driver then drove away, leaving the broken fire hydrant to flood the parking lot, nearby road, and freeway. 

The water quickly froze due to the cold temperatures, forcing officials to shut down both sides of the freeway during the evening commute. 

It is unclear if police are searching for the truck driver, or if they will be charged for the incident. The freeway has since been reopened, but traffic was reportedly moving slow through the area on Tuesday morning.

Repairs to the water main began on Tuesday morning, reported Fox 2 Detriot.

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