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Fire hydrant damaged in hit-and-run crash

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A fire hydrant in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County was severely damaged Monday morning in a hit-and-run crash.

United Water Pennsylvania spokesman Robert Manbeck said the driver of a tractor-trailer struck the hydrant on Pleasant View Drive shortly after 6:15 a.m. and fled the scene.

Manbeck said about 200,000 gallons of water was lost, but no customers were without service.  He said, if the driver would have stopped and called officials, the repairs would have happened much sooner.

"If the truck driver would have pulled over and reported it as he should have done we more than likely would have come out much sooner to make the repairs," Manbeck said, "The water then iced up, and it became a safety hazard for motorists near the site."

Damage was estimated at $3,000. The hydrant was knocked out of service until repairs were completed at around 2 p.m.

Manbeck said there are surveillance cameras in the area, and said police already are following up on several leads.

"We are optimistic that Silver Spring Township police will locate the individual that drove this truck because they are working with the business where he had, I believe, a delivery to be made," he said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Silver Spring Township Police Department by calling 717-238-9676.

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