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Hydrant erupts after car, truck collide in downtown Modesto

A car and a small pickup truck collided at a downtown intersection this afternoon, sending the car into a fire hydrant that created a water gusher about 30 feet tall.

Police were at the intersection of 14th and H Street about 4:45 p.m., sorting out what caused the accident.

The car, a four-door Saturn, ran up onto the curb and smacked the yellow hydrant, sending it off its base about 10 feet down the tree lawn beside Reedemer Church.

The pickup, a small Toyota with a cap over the bed, sat in the intersection for some time before police waved the driver to pull onto 14th Street just south of H Street.

Police closed 14th between G and I streets while they conducted their investigation.

Neither car appeared to be seriously damaged, and no one appeared hurt. An ambulance arrived but left a short while later without taking anyone away.

A firefighter used a large wrench to turn off the water, and the gusher stopped.

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