Fort Collins Police: Car hits fire hydrant, vaults over ditch, into backyard

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Fort Collins police are investigating a bizarre crash where a driver hit a fire hydrant, vaulted over an irrigation ditch and landed in the backyard of a home.

The crash happened Sunday night on West Stuart St. 

Police said the driver of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee was in a neighborhood near Blevins Middle School when "the vehicle left the roadway."

The driver hit a fire hydrant behind one home and went over an irrigation ditch in a wide greenbelt between homes before finally stopping in the backyard of another home. The ditch has a metal fence next to the road, but apparently the fence is not in the area where the SUV vaulted over the ditch.

Police said the driver, William Russick, 26, and his passenger, Joseph Lindskog, 33, were taken to the hospital. Lindskog was seriously injured, Russick had minor to moderate injuries, police said.

Investigators said they believe speed and alcohol contributed to the collision.

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