Published: Sep 19, 2013 4:36 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 4:40 PM EDT

Below is a news release from the Public Information Officer with Cape Coral Fire Department, Captain Michael Heeder.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A vehicle that crashed into a fire hydrant left the scene of the accident but left behind a big mess for City workers.

At 1:20 p.m. Thursday Engine 5 and Rescue 5 responded to Del Prado Blvd at Kismet Parkway to a reported vehicle crash.  Firefighters arrived to find a large water leak from a broken hydrant on the northwest corner of the intersection and no vehicle to be found. 

Battalion Chief Steve Olson reported parts of the vehicle that crashed were found at the scene.  There were no injuries. Traffic lanes were blocked southbound on Del Prado and westbound on Kismet while work was conducted.

The situation could have been much worse had it not been for the rapid response by city workers.  Police, firefighters and utilities responded quickly, and crews were able to secure the water lines at the broken hydrant without having to shut off the water main.  That 12-inch line being shut down would have impacted a large area of the north Cape, something city workers always strive to avoid.