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  • 11 January 2014, 0:53

Crashes As Pool Is Emptied On Road In Big Chill

A man has been arrested after emptying "vast amounts" of water from a swimming pool in freezing conditions, causing several car crashes.

Alfredo Bahena-Benitez, from Norwalk, Connecticut, has been charged with misdemeanour reckless endangerment.

Police said the water stretched for a mile down Flax Hill Road in the city and officers initially had difficulty in getting to the accident scene.

Officers said they were called to the icy road on Thursday morning after a woman's Subaru Legacy car spun 180 degrees and hit a guardrail because the road was icy after he drained the pool.

A short while later, a Jeep Liberty also spun when braking for cars up ahead and was struck by a Subaru Forester.

Another vehicle, a Nissan Rogue, struck the stationary Jeep and then hit an oncoming city salt truck.

No one was seriously hurt was the driver of the Nissan, a 54-year-old Norwalk woman, was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

She was released later in the day.

Officers said the severe icy conditions on the road were caused by an employee of Swimm Pool and Patio, who had been sent to a nearby home to carry out a winter pool service.

Police said his actions were responsible for the three accidents and they contacted the pool company.

When Bahena-Benitez, 34, returned to the scene, he admitted draining the pool water into the road, which caused the extreme ice build-up on the road, authorities said.

The US saw temperatures plunge to -37C (-35F)as the so-called polar vortex gripped the US for four days, leaving at least 21 people dead.

The crippling cold, which affected more than half the US population as it spread from the Midwest to the East and South, has now been pushed northwards, leaving warmer weather and calmer winds in its wake.

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