3-car crash shears fire hydrant, smashes into building near Cal Heights-Signal Hill border

Three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car partially on top of another near Cal Heights on Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck happened around 12:15 p.m. on Wardlow Road at Lemon Avenue, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk.

Police said a red Toyota Prius was headed south on Lemon Avenue when it hit a gray Toyota Corolla that was headed east through the intersection.

“Based on reports from witnesses, it appears the Prius ran the stop sign,” Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

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After the two cars collided, the Corolla smashed into a fire hydrant and then a light pole before hitting a business on the southeast corner of the intersection, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

This sent water spraying into the air until crews could shut it off, according to Fisk.

After the original collision, the Prius hit a gray Nissan that was parked along Lemon Avenue, Pratt said. It ended up perched on the Nissan’s hood.

Both drivers and a passenger in the Corolla were taken to the hospital after complaining of some pain, Pratt said.

A car comes to rest onto the side of the building as three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters work on pulling out the last of three injured people who were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters take the last of three injured people who were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

A sherd hydrant three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

A man on a phone walks past one of the cars that came to rest onto the side of the building as three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Three people were hospitalized after a crash that smashed a fire hydrant and ended with one car at least partially on top of another at the 1100 block E Wardlow in Long Beach October 16, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

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