Early morning water main break slips up drivers in West Philly

Paul Kurtz
November 14, 2019 - 8:45 am
A water main break on Chestnut St. and 44th Created a block-long sheet of black ice.

Paul Kurtz/KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A combination of freezing weather and a broken water main caused a big traffic problem and an accident in West Philadelphia Thursday morning.

It was still dark when the main broke on Chestnut Street at around 5 a.m., sending water down to 44th Street, where it pooled and froze. Cars rolling through the intersection then tracked the water up toward 43rd Street, forming two sheets of black ice.

One driver didn’t see it, lost control of an SUV, And slammed into a tree. The driver had to be hospitalized.

Police arrived, shut down the block and set up a detour, allowing a salt crew to treat the streets. That block of Chestnut was closed for about 45 minutes.