Water Shoots 70 Feet Above Neighborhood After Hydrant Crash

Residents described the stretch of Oxnard Street as a "drag strip" that has been the site of several crashes.

A hydrant damaged in a car crash on a San Fernando Valley street described as a "drag strip" sent a geyser of water over a neighborhood Thursday morning.

The car struck the hydrant in the residential area near Oxnard Street and Hillview Park Avenue. No major injuries were reported.

Aerial video showed a damaged utility pole near a vehicle stopped in the middle of a street under the geyser. The street was closed as crews worked to shut off water Thursday morning.

Residents told NBC4 they have seen other driver slam into utility poles on a street known for speeding vehicles. The section of road includes a rise on which speeding drivers lose control after the vehicle goes light due to weight transfer, said resident Christopher Alan.

"Oxnard is a constant drag stip," said Alan. "We've reported this regularly. We see it in the morning during rush hour. It's a constant problem."

The driver was identified as a college student who fell asleep at the wheel, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver suffered minor injuries and was not cited, police said.

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