Police say a patch of ice on the south loop near Utica caused an early morning accident that sent one person to the hospital Wednesday.
Not ice from rain or snow this time, but water run-off from a broken pipe attached to the sprinkler system at McGavock Nissan. The runoff iced the access road on the loop near Slide and Quaker. Police say the ice caused a two-car accident just after 7 a.m.
One person was taken to the hospital. The eastbound Quaker exit on Loop 289 was blocked off by police for a couple hours after that.
The City of Lubbock Codes Department issued McGavock Nissan a notice of violation.
McGavock Nissan did not want to go on camera, but they say they did not know their pipe had burst until the city notified them an hour after the accident. They say they immediately shut off the water source as soon as they were told and this incident was caused by something beyond their control, since cold temperatures froze and broke the pipe.
"If something breaks in the middle of the night and nobody knows about it until people start getting up in the morning, it's going to create a situation just like that. There is no way you can prevent something like that, so it's important to watch," said City of Lubbock Codes Administration Manager, Stuart Walker.
Tuesday the codes department issued four similar violations to businesses, not for broken pipes, but to people who left their sprinklers on. If there is a second violation, these businesses could face a fine.
The codes department reminds property owners to watch and turn off sprinklers and check pipes when temperatures drop.
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