Car hits hydrant on Morrissey, flooded roadway closed

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident that took out a fire hydrant and flooded much of the northbound lane of Morrissey Boulevard this afternoon. Jonathan Innocent photo

(Updated 2:50 p.m., July 31, 2017)

Morrissey Boulevard is partially re-open at this hour along part of the northbound side after a car hit a fire hydrant and flooded the roadway, State Police said. One lane of traffic has since been re-opened to vehicular traffic.

A SUV struck a fire hydrant on the inbound side around 1:10 p.m. Monday due to a medical emergency, according to EMS Lt. Richard McCreedy. One person was transported to Carney Hospital, he said. State Police said the victim sustained minor injuries.

The hydrant was “geysering and flooding the entire street,” McCreedy told the Reporter. The shutoff valves for hydrants are underground and, unless being accessed by the fire department, are maintained and serviced by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission said Steve MacDonald with the Boston Fire Department.

On the scene, the silver car was partially submerged in front of a shopping complex around the 900 block of Morrissey Blvd.

Boston Water and Sewer shut off the water at 2:10 p.m., the commission tweeted. At just past 2:30 p.m., crews were waiting for the car to be removed to assess damage, as water was being pumped off the roadway.

A spokesperson for East Boston Savings Bank, which is located in the plaza, said that the branch remains open for business.

(This story is developing and will be updated with more information)

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