Driver rescued after crashing into hydrant, power pole in Montebello

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Crews rescue a driver after he crashes into a hydrant and power pole in Montebello on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

A pickup truck sheared a hydrant and toppled a telephone pole in Montebello, trapping the driver in his car under a geyser of water for more than an hour before being rescued.

Montebello firefighters said the driver of the pickup truck crashed with another car around 5:45 a.m. and lost control of his vehicle.

That's when his truck spun out of control and slammed into the hydrant and pole along the 7600 block of Telegraph Road just north of Slauson Avenue.

The driver flashed a light from inside the car to let the firefighter know he was there.

Fire officials said the driver did the right thing by waiting inside his vehicle, rather than stepping out because of the danger of the charged powerline.

While he was trapped, the driver called his wife, who arrived on scene. Firefighters were able to speak to him on the phone to assure him help was on the way.

Firefighters on scene couldn't approach the vehicle due to concerns over the possibility that the pole and connected power lines were charged.

After authorities turned off the water and de-energized the line, firefighters helped the driver out of the car around 7 a.m.

The man was checked out in an ambulance but was found to have suffered only minor injuries.

Authorities said the public did the right thing by not getting near the water.

"This morning, a lot of things went right. Citizens reacted appropriately. The gentleman in the car acted appropriately and this could have been a much greater tragedy. It wasn't a tragedy at all," said Battalion Chief Dan France with the Montebello Fire Department.

In 2012, two Good Samaritans died trying to help a driver who sheared a fire hydrant and hit a light pole in Valley Village.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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