Water main breaks when tractor-trailer hits fire hydrant in Strip District

A water main broke early Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer hit a fire hydrant, sending water flowing down a street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.
The break happened on 22nd Street, but water began running onto Smallman Street. Part of 22nd Street started to buckle.


Officials said when the hydrant was hit, it caused the pipe to fill with air and burst.
Part of 22nd Street remains closed, but Smallman Street has reopened. Crews said repair work is expected to last until about 3 p.m.
Yinzers is without water and the nearby parking lot is blocked off because of the break. Manager Tim Piett said employees and customers can’t use the store’s restroom until the water is back on.
“I think customer-wise we will still do good business today, but for people who come in and park right here, it's not going to happen today. Got to find another place to park,” Piett said.