Sheared Hydrant in Van Nuys Caused by Man Who Fell Asleep at the Wheel: Police

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Water was sent shooting 60 to 70 feet into the air after police say a man fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into a fire hydrant and a power pole in Van Nuys Thursday.

A sheared hydrant sends water into the air in Van Nuys on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A sheared hydrant sends water into the air in Van Nuys on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred near Hillview Park Avenue and Oxnard Street (map).

The driver, a college student, apparently stayed up late working on a paper and fell asleep at the wheel before crashing, according to Officer Bales of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Oxnard Street was closed from Sunnyslope Avenue to Woodman Avenue while utility crews worked to shut off the water and move the power pole.

The car involved in the crash came to a stop a few feet from the geyser, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

Part of the downed power pole was seen in the street near the car.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.