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HYDRANT HIT: Accident Damages WDM Fire Hydrant

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West Des Moines Police are trying to determine what caused a woman to lose control of her car and hit a fire hydrant and pole early Thursday morning.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. in the 2700 block of Westown Parkway.

Police say the driver was the only one in the car, and alcohol did not play a factor in the accident.

The crash caused the hydrant to break underground, shooting water high into the air like a geyser, flooding the street.

Officers say typically when a hydrant is hit, it is designed to sheer off so it doesn't spray out water.

The driver of the car was uninjured.  She was cited for no drivers license.

The accident is still under investigation, and no other charges have been filed at this time.

It took a waterworks crew about two hours to get the water turned off.