• Mar 6, 2012
Claimed by some to be the crookedest road in the world, San Francisco's Lombard Street briefly became the crookedest waterfall in the world last Saturday.

The driver of a silver Buick told a resident of the street that he swerved to avoid a car of tourists in front of him and ran down a fire hydrant at the very top of the hill. Water streamed 14 feet into the air and gushed down and through the street's eight switchbacks.

Greg Brundage, told the San Francisco Chronicle, "If you had a raft, you could have ridden down the street."

We're surprised no one tried and hope we get a call the next time Lombard's flooded. One of our more adventurous staffers will be right over to brave the rapids.

Check out the story at The San Francisco Chronicle for more on the Lombard splash of a crash and more photos.


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      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      So? I do jumps off Lombard street with my NRG-500 all the time. You should see the massive air I get. No one complains, cause the people I land on are usually dead on contact. Then again, it is all just a video game.
      AzureStarline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Walt, Jalopnik called.
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you guys know the difference between a waterfall and a river? I'm leaning towards no.
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      They use to do a big wheel race down this street until it was moved to Vermont St which is actually twister and taller, it's an absolute blast. That's the closest I've seen to a raft down there.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even at 2mph that road is awesome!
      Tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      You sure that's not a viral ad for Buick?
        me73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tony
        promoting horrible handling and breaks ... if so yes.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this qualifies as your daily domestic vehicle coverage? Typical. And Pitiful.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        U bitter?
        AzureStarline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Jalopnik called.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Seriously? I've read this same comment from you a couple of times now. If there is nothing new or exciting to cover, what can you post? Get over it....
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I think Walt is our nemesis ___|___. Remember how he used to post the same comment on every Hyundai/Kia article?
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one nice looking Buick
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      It shows how a Buick can't handle worth a crap as well as its owners other than go a straight line. It wouldn't have a prayer being sold in Europe with its fun twisty roads.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        No, it does not show that at all. It shows that if you are dumb enough to try swerving around an obstacle on a curvy one-way street, you will hit something. It could have been a freaking Lotus Elise and that would have happened.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      this was on Saturday the 3rd: three - days - ago + WHO CARES
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      was it an old guy who crashed? you can't escape the stereotype. or maybe it was unintended acceleration. NHTSA should take a look....
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Probably trying to get out of the way of a ua corolla.
      kilauea
      • 2 Years Ago
      A car of tourist and a local driving a Buick, what a combination.
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