Crews with Owensboro Municipal Utilities have isolated an area at the corner of Washington Ave. and Old Henderson Road as they work to repair a fire hydrant that was struck by a vehicle Friday morning.
Two vehicles were involved in the accident, including a 2018 Owensboro Police Department Ford Explorer and a 2007 Chevrolet four-door vehicle.
Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Corey King said OPD Officer Aron Contraeto was traveling westbound on Old Henderson Rd. to back up another OPD officer for a non-emergency car accident when a 17-year-old driver traveling southbound on Washington Ave. pulled out into the intersection without the right-of-way, causing Contraeto to strike the driver’s vehicle’s driver’s side door.
King said Contraeto told KSP troopers on scene that he tried to avoid the wreck, but was unable to when the other driver pulled out in front of his path.
No injuries were reported, but the second driver did take herself to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as a precautionary measure. No charges were filed in connection to the accident.
OMU Public Relations and Communications Manager Sonya Dixon said the impact from the car accident has caused OMU to shut off water for about 50 homes in the affected area.
No timeframe has been given for the duration of these repairs.