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Auto breaks fire hydrant

ALBANY — It might have been called the Third Avenue River when an East Albany fire hydrant was broken in a two-car auto accident Wednesday.

Albany police said witnesses reported that a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria, which police said was driven by Leslie Ann Roberts, 26, was traveling east on Third Avenue about 7:30 a.m. when the car ran a stop sign at the Blaylock Street intersection.

The reports stated that Roberts’ vehicle was then struck by a Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Nazier King, Jr., 32, which was traveling north on Blaylock Street. The collision caused the Crown Victoria to strike — and break — a fire hydrant.

Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said that employees with the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission were called to turn off the water supply to the hydrant.

Banks said Roberts was issued citations for a stop sign violation and also three child-restraint violations regarding children who were in her vehicle. All six occupants of the Roberts vehicle were transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment, Banks said, with no serious injuries observed.