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Crash causes 30-foot geyser on I-Drive in Orlando

Woman taken to hospital after wreck

ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman drove into a water main valve early Friday in the tourist district of Orlando, sending a 30-foot geyser into the air for up to an hour before officials could turn it off, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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The FHP said Sarah Katherine Benzikie, 29, of Orlando, was cited in the crash, which happened around 3:35 a.m. on International Drive near Westwood Boulevard, not far from the DoubleTree hotel and SeaWorld.

Troopers said Benzikie lost control of her Nissan Murano and crashed into the water main valve, forcing officials to close the flooded roadway for 90 minutes.

Benzikie was cited for careless driving and driving with a suspended license, troopers said. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the FHP. 

The water supply to the hotel was not affected.


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