Fire Hydrant Broken by Big Rig in Berkeley

A big rig driving down Addison towards Fifth Street in west Berkeley made a very sharp turn and took out a water main on the corner of the two streets at around 2:40 pm today. The accident created a 60 ft-high geyser, says Berkeleysider Steven Donaldson who was on the scene and shot the video above.

The voices you hear on the video are Donaldson and the firefighter in charge of the truck. He’s saying  that the firefighter who wades into the gushing water to turn off the jet is actually a trained water rescue specialist — that’s why they (jokingly) picked him.

Related:
Broken fire hydrants sure cause spectacular fountains [04.07.11]
Broken water main floods some downtown streets [03.31.11]
Downtown’s new fountain: today only [12.14.10]
Water, water everywhere: a fountain arises [07.04.10]

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...