Cyclist gets shocked after SUV hits fire hydrant, power line

A sport utility vehicle sheared a fire hydrant and hit a power pole in La Mirada on Friday, sending a geyser of electrified water into the air that shocked a cyclist, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 7 a.m. in the 14800 block of Artesia Boulevard, near Knott Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said the SUV was traveling west on Artesia Boulevard. At the same time, a bicyclist was heading east on the same side of the road, but it’s unclear if the driver was trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist, authorities said.

Video footage from KTLA-TV showed downed power lines and water shooting high into the air. A bicycle was also strewn nearby.

The driver stayed in the vehicle until firefighters arrived on the scene to safely remove him. The cyclist, who received an electrical shock, was taken to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for minor injuries.


Eddie Marquez, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, said power to the lines was turned off following the accident and crews were working to replace the downed power pole.

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