Fla. man dies after crashing into hydrant, getting pulled under car

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Fla. man possibly drowns after crash into hydrant

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

An 89-year-old Florida man died Wednesday after he crashed into a fire hydrant, stepped from the car and was pulled under by the intense water pressure created by the collision.

Witnesses say that Robert Dreyer of Melbourne dropped straight down into a 5-foot hole, possibly carved from the pressure as a geyser of water shot out from the damaged hydrant.

Edward Cunningham struggled to try to save Dreyer. “It’s a horrible thing,” he told CNN. “It was forcing him down while it was forcing me up. It was pushing me out of the hole, and I weigh 220 pounds.”

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It took nearly 5 minutes to turn the water off, according to officials.

“This is probably the first time I’ve heard this happen,” said Lt. Channing Taylor of the Florida Highway Patrol, “where somebody hits a fire hydrant and drowns, or possibly drowns.”

Dreyer was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Wednesday was his 89th birthday.

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