BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Fire crews repaired a broken fire hydrant after it was hit by a truck near the Claremont Hotel, in Berkeley Wednesday afternoon.

The broken hydrant sent a tower of water spewing 30 feet into the air in the middle of ongoing pipeline replacement work, and snarled traffic along the Highway 13 corridor.

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It happened on Tunnel Road and Alvarado Avenue.

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Drivers on Tunnel Road have been dealing with daily gridlock for several weeks due to East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Water Pipeline Replacement Project.

Neighbor George Sloan said the hydrant was hit by a utility truck. No one was hurt.

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“It was quite a sight,” said Sloan. “Gallons and gallons of precious water were just running down Tunnel Road.”