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2 vehicles, fire hydrant involved in Richmond crash

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Of the hundreds of crashes throughout Virginia on Wednesday, Richmond police responded to an incident on Semmes Avenue involving two vehicles and a fire hydrant.

Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Semmes Avenue in Richmond on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)
Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Semmes Avenue in Richmond on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)

Richmond police say at 8:24 a.m., a female driver attempted to make a turn from Semmes Avenue when she was hit by a vehicle traveling westbound.

The turning vehicle collided with a fire hydrant and damaging it.

No injures were reported.

The Department of Utilities shut off the water, which has gushed onto the roadway from the hydrant.

Across the Commonwealth, Virginia State Police troopers have responded to more than 800 calls for traffic crashes and disabled vehicles - including 76 crashes in the Richmond area - on Wednesday.

From midnight to nearly 4 a.m., VSP responded to 477 crashes and 318 disabled vehicles.

State police say there is a deadly single-vehicle crash in Lee County, but it is unknown if that crash is weather-related or not.

WDBJ reported that a ruptured tractor-trailer on Route 220 threatened nearby structures. Viewer photos showed a massive blaze in that area.

Tractor-trailer fire on Route 220 (Source: WDBJ7 viewer)
Tractor-trailer fire on Route 220 (Source: WDBJ7 viewer)

The driver, James Willard Yarbrough, Jr., of Stuart, was charged in reckless driving.

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