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A broken L-shaped marble bench and a barricade over a missing fire hydrant mark the public property damaged after a Nissan Maxima collided with a pickup truck Wednesday morning at Third and Washington streets in Columbus.
PHOTO BY MARK WEBBER
A broken L-shaped marble bench and a barricade over a missing fire hydrant mark the public property damaged after a Nissan Maxima collided with a pickup truck Wednesday morning at Third and Washington streets in Columbus. PHOTO BY MARK WEBBER


A fire hydrant and an L-shaped marble bench on the northeast corner of the Bartholomew County Courthouse were uprooted and damaged as a result of a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in Columbus.

No one was injured during the 9 a.m. accident at Third and Washington streets, according to Columbus Police Patrolwoman Julie Quesenbery, who investigated.

She said a car driven by Alynn White, 24, of Parkview Drive in Columbus, was westbound in the far left lane of Third Street. At the same time, a pickup truck driven by Ricky Roberts, 54, of Campbellsburg, was alongside the car in the middle lane.

The collision occurred when Roberts attempted to make an abrupt lane change after passing the Crump Theater and pulled into White’s path, Quesenbery said. White was unable to avoid smashing into the back of the truck, she added.

The impact sent White’s Nissan Maxima onto the sidewalk next to the courthouse, where it toppled the hydrant and broke the bench.

While the collision crushed the front of the car, Roberts’ Chevrolet truck sustained only minor damage.

Quesenbery said witnesses were surprised that a stream of water did not shoot up after the hydrant was knocked off its base — unlike what they’ve seen in movies.

“In real life, that doesn’t happen anymore,” said Quesenbery, who noted modern hydrants are designed not to spout water in these types of accidents.

No charges will be filed in connection with the accident, she said.

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