Drowsy Driver Sends Hydrant Flying Across Parking Lot
Early Sunday morning, residents who live near Fred's Appliance on Columbia Center Boulevard were jolted when a vehicle veered off the road, slammed into a fire hydrant, and then bounced into the parking lot.
Around 8:10am, police say the unnamed driver of this vehicle had been heading home after working overnight, fell asleep and veered off the road. They sheared the fire hydrant right off it's bolts, sending it nearly 50 feet across the lot. They also destroyed the front end of their vehicle.
Fortunately both the vehicle and hydrant stopped before hitting the Fred's Appliance building, and the driver did not sustain any significant injuries. Police remind people (AGAIN!) if you're extreme tired, don't drive. Fatigue produces the same effects on your motor skills as alcohol, besides falling asleep behind the wheel.