Water gushes for hours after car hits hydrant

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SAN DIEGO — A car crashed into a fire hydrant in Mission Valley Friday, searing it off and sending water gushing into the street for almost four hours, authorities said.

The crash in the 2600 block of Camino del Rio South occurred shortly before 5 a.m., according to San Diego police and the city’s Public Utilities Department. No injuries were reported.

Crews had a difficult time shutting of the water because the nearest shutoff valve was broken, water officials said.

Repairs were expected to be complete late Friday afternoon, according to utility department spokesman Arian Collins. Until then, several businesses in the area were without water service, he said.

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