Police seek driver who struck hydrant

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg police are looking for a semi-truck driver who allegedly ran into a fire hydrant behind the Kroger on Division Street around 4 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Firefighters and first responders arrived on the scene at 930 Division St. to find a fire hydrant spewing water near an access road next to the store.

Capt. M.A. Kunselman with the Parkersburg Fire Department said a delivery truck ran into a fire hydrant and broke the hydrant at its base.

“The Parkersburg Utility Board arrived on scene to shut the underground valve off,” Kunselman said Friday afternoon.

He said the utility board members were able to stop the water flow, but not before a large puddle of water was left behind.

Sgt. Matt Board with the Parkersburg Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.

“The trailer of the truck struck a fire hydrant and water line underneath causing it to leak,” he said.

Police are reviewing surveillance tapes to figure out which store the truck was delivering to and the truck company, Board said. He said Kroger and Kmart have a loading dock near the fire hydrant.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.