Police & Fire

Car vs. Hydrant Ends In Clark Water Works Late Saturday Morning

A car accident on Central Avenue resulted in damage to a hydrant and flooding of the roadway. Credits: Susan Bonnell
A tow truck removed the car from over the hydrant. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
The remains of the fire hydrant after a two car collision on Central Avenue Credits: Susan Bonnell
Crews from NJ American Water Company work to stop the flow of water. Credits: Susan Bonnell
Crews broke into the adjacent roadway to access a cut off valve to stop the water flow out of the damaged hydrant. Credits: Susan Bonnell
Amanda Smith of Garwood, Tawana Love and Laura Bongiovi, both of Linden, were unable to leave the parking lot at 152 Central for over 3 hours while crews worked to shut off water to the hydrant. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
A NJ American Water Co crew was finally able to turn off water to the hydrant Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Gravel and mud littered the area around the damaged hydrant. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Clark Police at the scene of Saturday morning's accident. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Clark Police Department special officers were called in to assist in traffic control until clean up around the area was complete. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell

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.

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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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