Hydrant gushes after SUV slips, slides away 

A driver knocked over a fire hydrant in South of Market on Tuesday, then fled the scene, a nearby witness said.

The crash happened on Third Street between Howard and Folsom streets about 9:30 a.m., said Charlene Evans, who works in the area and reported the watery aftermath to The San Francisco Examiner.

The resultant geyser was “like four stories high,” Evans said.

The incident forced the closure of one lane of traffic and delayed construction work taking place in the area, Evans said.

“I guess a big, black SUV hit it,” she said. “But [police] got her license plate number.”

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed reports that a black Cadillac Escalade was seen driving down Third Street and hitting the hydrant, then leaving the scene.

Personnel from the Police and Fire departments were on the scene assisting with traffic while they turned the water supply off. Water was shut off by 9:43 a.m. and flooding in the road had receded, Evans said.

There was no further information on the whereabouts of the driver or the license plate number of the Escalade.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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