HIGHLAND PARK — An SUV knocked over a traffic signal and sheared off a fire hydrant at the corner of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard this morning, sending a gusher of water into the air and littering the intersection with debris.
The one-vehicle accident took place at about 8 a.m., according to the L.A. Fire Department. Two persons were being assessed for possible medical treatment. Photos from the scene showed a damaged SUV near the gusher of water.
“Traffic will be impacted for undetermined time,” the LAFD said in a tweet. Police recommend that motorists avoid the area.
One person who lives at the intersection said the SUV swerved into oncoming lanes, took out the stoplight pole and then fishtailed across Figueroa before and taking out the fire hydrant.
The intersection has been identified as among the most accident-prone in the area. So far this year, at least nine traffic collisions have taken place at the intersection through July 4, according to the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division. It ranks among the division’s five “Greatest Risk Intersections.”
Updated @ 1:49 pm: The male driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, said Sgt. Rares Isai with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. No further details were available.
Updated @ 11:15 am: A DUI investigation is now underway, according to a posting on the LAPD Northeast Division’s Facebook page. The driver was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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