Sheared Hydrant Floods Hawthorne Intersection After Crash

Police say blackout in the city contributed to the crash.

A two car crash left an intersection flooded, after shearing a hydrant, in Hawthorne late Sunday night.

The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, police said. As a result of the crash, one of the vehicles sheared a hydrant and hit a light pole, police said.

All three occupants in that vehicle, including a child, were transported to a hospital with injuries, but expected to survive, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Michael Pittman said. The solo occupant of the second vehicle suffered no injuries.

Police stated that prior to the crash, the city was experiencing a large blackout, including the location of the crash. The blackout is believed to have contributed to the crash, officials said.

The water department arrived on scene and shut-off the water supply to the sheared hydrant. The intersection was closed for approximately two hours and was re-opened just after 2:30 a.m..

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