Crash on Bockman takes down fire hydrant and utility pole

Posted By | February 27, 2012 12:00 am

REPAIR. City of Sparta employees with the public works department work to repair the damage created by a crash, on Feb. 21.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 on Bockman Way, near the corner of M.L. Officer Street, a vehicle crashed into a water hydrant and a utility pole, closing a lane traffic and causing 10 hours or cleanup for city utility workers.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth states that a white GMC Sonoma, driven by Jerry Johnson, 44, of Sparta was traveling west on Bockman Way on the inside lane.
Guth alleges that Johnson cut across the outside lane, hitting the hydrant, a block wall, then the utility pole.
In a report to police, Johnson allegedly claims that another vehicle cut him off, forcing Johnson to pull to the right to avoid hitting him. Guth states that witnesses dispute Johnson’s statement, claiming that he was driving carelessly.
Chief Guth reports that the city had damage to a light pole, a utility pole and a fire hydrant. City workers were on the scene until 9 p.m. that night to stop the water from spewing from the hydrant and to repair the utility lines. Some residents were without water following the crash.
No charges were filed against Johnson and no injuries were reported.

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