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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Waterbury Hospital was without phone service and West Main Street had to be closed through the weekend after a car hit a fire hydrant.

City officials say Friday’s accident led to a water line break that spilled up to 16 million gallons of water, and damaged underground phone and electrical infrastructure.

WVIT-TV reports Waterbury Hospital did not have phone service for about 24 hours after the accident and doctors were reached through their cell phones.

Acting Superintendent of Water Don Carver tells the Republican-American newspaper that a 12-hour delay in the shipment of a valve from Florida held up repairs, which are expected to be completed on Monday.

Police are still looking for the driver who hit the hydrant then fled the scene.

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