Subaru snagged on fire hydrant in Tuesday morning mishap

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A minor motoring misjudgment on a slick Perry street left a vehicle perched on a fire hydrant at southeast corner of Willis Avenue and 12th Street Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Perry Water Works

A minor motoring misjudgment on a slick Perry street left a vehicle perched on a fire hydrant at the southeast corner of Willis Avenue and 12th Street Tuesday morning.

A 2004 Subaru Forester registered to Moises Perez of De Pere, Wis., was apparently turning southward onto 12th Street from Willis Avenue when the front of the vehicle left the roadway, leaving it poised atop the hydrant.

“The corner had snow pushed on it,” said Perry Water Works Foreman Matt Holmes, “so the car went up and onto instead of through the hydrant.”

There were no injuries in the mishap.

The Perry Police Department responded to the incident at 10:10 a.m. and file an accident report, and Cromwell Towing of Perry responded to remove the vehicle.

“We just had to lift it up and winch it backwards,” said Rodney Cromwell of Cromwell Towing. “That’s all we had to do. She drove the vehicle home after we lifted it off.”

Holmes said the hydrant will need to be replaced once the ground thaws out.

“Most hydrants have a valve between the main and hydrant to shut the water off for maintenance without shutting off the houses,” he said. “We removed the snow to shut the valve off and to eliminate the possibility of water spraying if something got jarred while they removed the car.”

No citations were issued in the incident, and the driver was sent on her way.

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