CLARK, NJ - A two car accident in front of 152 Central Avenue in Clark late Saturday morning resulted in a traffic snarl and water flooding the roadway due to a damaged fire hydrant. Traffic was reduced to a single lane in both directions, causing heavy traffic through the area.
“There were minor injuries, they were transported to the hospital, and the water company was called to help at the scene,” Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos said. Police remained on the scene to manage traffic and assist the crew sent to shut off the water.
“There is a valve in front it (hydrant), but it is almost impossible to find it with all the stuff [water and mud] in front of it," a representative of NJ American Water Company said at the scene.
After assessing the damage, NJ American Water Company workers used a metal detector to locate a shut-off valve under Raritan Road in front of the Exxon gas station. The crew used a jack hammer to access the valve that will stop the flow of water to the damage hydrant. Motorists are asked to avoid the area for the duration of the repairs and clean up today.
Residents in the area may experience discolored water as a result of today’s incident.
“The water will be brown because everything got disrupted, just let it run, it will clear out. There is no need to boil it,” Joe Denisco of NJ American Water Company said.
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