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Hydrant damaged during hit-and-run accident

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Brazil City Street Department workers David Brothers and Stoney Lalan watch as Don Riggle digs around a fire hydrant located on Depot Street near the intersection at United States 40 Wednesday afternoon. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
A recent hit-and-run may have cost the City of Brazil a fire hydrant.

City street workers were at Depot Street Wednesday near the intersection of United States 40 checking out a damaged fire hydrant.

The fire hydrant was damaged after a hit-and-run, which took place Dec. 28, 2008.

"The hydrant is leaking," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.

According to a Brazil City Police Department press release, officials were dispatched to the Speedway Gas Station on Dec. 28, for the hit-and-run accident.

According to the release, an eyewitness told officers a white station wagon started to pull into the parking lot and turned late, striking another vehicle. The vehicle then backed up at a high rate of speed, pulling onto the sidewalk and hitting the fire hydrant.

According to witnesses, the vehicle turned west onto National Avenue.

Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

The release stated the fire hydrant was leaking a "steady flow" of water from the ground and the water department was notified.

On Wednesday, Brazil Water Distribution Supt. Dick Vanatti told The Brazil Times the hydrant will have to be replaced.

Vanatti said the crew was digging a valve out Wednesday, and added the hydrant will be shut off, but the intersection was expected to be reopened later in the day.

Since hydrant is not functioning properly, Vanatti said it may not be turned on again until next week. He said two new valves on the main line were expected to be installed by Culy Construction and Excavating, located in Winchester, Ind.

He said the company was expected to replace the valves Friday and added the Speedway Gas Station adjacent to the fire hydrant could be out of water for approximately two hours. He said the intersection at Depot Street would be closed while repairs were made.

Vanatti said the hydrant was not scheduled to be replaced through a program, which calls to replace hydrants, lines, and valves around the city. However, he added it would have been replaced eventually.

Bradshaw said the incident will be turned into the city's insurance company, Forrest Sherer, based out of Terre Haute.

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That's an intelligent comment. Anyone with the least amount of intelligence can read, "the city's insurance company, Forrest Sherer." Also found on the web at http://www.forrestsherer.com/ The city has had this insurance for several years.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 9:51 AM

criminology08 you sould be ashamed of yourself. You don`t talk to people like that. what is wong with you.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 11:05 AM

WOW! Jumping down someone's throat will really make others want to respond. Why do you have to be so mean crim???

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 11:36 AM

WOW! Jumping down someone's throat will really make others want to respond. Why do you have to be so mean crim???

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 11:36 AM

It really does get old when people post smart**s comments without reading the WHOLE article and paying attention to everything in it. Almost every article on this webpage you have somebody who posts something negative about the government/city/police and it could have been avoided if they would have taken the time to read the full story.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 11:46 AM


is forest sherer an insurance carrier or yet another relative of a relative who works for the county?


I guess I was just defending such a rediculous comment. People need to leave comments that are more thoughtful. The answer was right in the article, Forest Sherer is an insurance company. It cites it in the article. What does the county have anything to do with this article? Why would any relative be involved in this? My comment wasn't mean at all.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 1:44 PM

Crim, this is Brazil you're talking about :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jan 8, 2009, at 8:45 PM

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