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Hydrant off Parkway to be repaired or replaced

A car hit a hydrant on an access road of the Parkway on Tuesday afternoon. A car hit a hydrant on an access road of the Parkway on Tuesday afternoon.
Crews work to fix a hydrant that was hit by a car. Crews work to fix a hydrant that was hit by a car.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A wreck happened off Memorial Parkway near the Captain D's Tuesday. A car hit a puddle on a ramp to the Parkway, slid, and ran into a hydrant.

It happened on the access road.

The driver was not hurt, but the fire hydrant was damaged.

So who is responsible for replacing or repairing it and who pays?

Huntsville Utilities owns the hydrant.

They are paid a fee by the City of Huntsville for maintenance and installation.

Utility crews were able to shut off the water and make temporary repairs until a damage assessment can be made. At that point they will determine if the hydrant only needs repairs or replaced.

Huntsville Utilities Spokesman Bill Yell said if you damage or destroy a fire hydrant, you are responsible for paying to have it repaired or replaced.

Hydrants run anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000.

Materials and labor are then turned into the responsible party's insurance company. 

Huntsville Firefighters worked more than half an hour to shut the hydrant off.

Water was shooting 50 feet into the air, and Huntsville Police had the access road blocked off.

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