Car crash results in broken gas line

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 04:16 PM.

Because of the massive traffic delays, Havelock High School postponed its scheduled holiday band concert, as several members were stuck in traffic and could not get to the high school. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 13.

 6:30 p.m. update

Traffic is starting to flow again on U.S. 70 after a car crash that resulted in a gas leak in front of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes in western Havelock. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m., and the resulting gas leak prompted rescue personnel to close U.S. 70 in both directions for about two hours. Traffic was rerouted through the Walmart parking lot area and service road.

At its height, eastbound traffic backed up to Carolina Pines, while westbound traffic backed up to the Stonebridge Square shopping center for what was described as a large leak. A loud hissing noise was heard from the leak.

Gas repair crews were stuck in the resulting traffic jam and needed police escorts to get to the scene.

The person in the white passenger vehicle that struck a pole that then hit the main Piedmont Gas distribution line managed to get out of the vehicle on her own. She was not believed to be seriously injured.

The Sound of Freedom Shoppes were evacuated and closed for the rest of the night. Some students who were awaiting parents to pick them up at Gurganus Elementary School had to be sent by bus to the Walmart parking lot for pickup as the school was evacuated.

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