The fire department asks that residents help keep hydrants clear of snow to aid quick access in emergencies. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
A Fair Haven fire hydrant wound up on River Road around the corner and several hundred feet from its customary home on Denormandie Avenue, right after it was struck and dragged by a boat trailer Thursday morning.
The driver pulled over and dislodged the hydrant, and then continued west on River Road, said borough police Sergeant Jesse Dykstra.
An official account of events was not immediately available, but the vehicle appeared to have struck a fire hydrant, which was knocked off a concrete pad despite being surrounded by steel columns. (Click to enlarge)[Update, 11 a.m, December 21: Red Bank police say they have a report of an accident at 5:12 a.m, but that it was handled by Shrewsbury PD. But Shrewsbury Police Chief John Wilson III says his department has no record of the accident.] [Update to the update, 1:21 p.m.: Sergeant Michael Gallagher of the Shrewsbury PD tells redbankgreen that because of miscommunication, we were mistakenly informed that there was no record of this accident. In fact, he says, the Shrewsbury PD did respond and found a single-vehicle accident in which a 90-year-old Tinton Falls man was briefly trapped in his minivan, which had rolled after he swerved to avoid an animal in the road and struck the fire hydrant. The victim, whose identity was not immediately given, was extricated by Shrewsbury fire volunteers and transported to Riverview Medical Center with “very minor injuries,” Gallagher said. No charges were filed and the matter is under investigation, he said.]
A program of flushing out the Red Bank water system begins today and will continue through Friday, November 5, according to a notice from the borough’s water utility.
The activity will be limited to the hours between 7p and 3a.
From the announcement: