Car crash results in broken gas line

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

An initial assessment has been made of the gas leak in front of Sound of Freedom Shoppes. More crews on the way, but eastbound traffic is backed up to Tucker Creek, and the gas crew is needing a police escort to get through the backed up traffic. Officials have contacted Norfolk-Southern railroad to advise the company not to run any train through the area to prevent any possible spark to the leaking natural gas.

4:45 p.m. update

Gas crews have just arrived on scene in front of Sound of Freedom Shoppes. Gas leak was described as large. Driver of car that crashed into the distribution line managed to get out of her wrecked vehicle on her own. Loud hissing noise can be heard in the area. Another crash happened in the area involving two others cars. It apparently was an onlooker crash and not part of the original crash that caused the gas leak. Westbound traffic on U.S. 70 is being diverted behind Walmart, while eastbound traffic is being diverted through the service road in front of Walmart. Traffic is backed up in the area.

4:32 p.m. update

Fire and police crews are awaiting gas crews to shut off the gas running to the broken line in front of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes in Havelock. Gurganus Elementary students have now been totally evacuated from the school via school buses to the Walmart parking lot. Parents can pick up their children from the parking lot. Gas continues to spew from the broken line. The passenger vehicle involved in the crash is empty, and there appear to be no serious injuries from the intial crash. Traffic is backing up in the area.

4:25 p.m. update

Havelock police are closing both eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 70 from Catawba Road to the traffic signal at Walmart. Traffic will be diverted along the service road in front of Walmart and Gerber Collision and Glass.

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