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Crash causes gas leak in Littlestown

Updated: Wednesday, January 15 2014, 08:26 PM CST
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

LITTLESTOWN -- One home was evacuated and 25 homes are without gas Wednesday night after a vehicle crashed into a gas transmission site near Littlestown.

In a statement from Columbia Pipeline Group, a car crashed into the gas meter along Whitehall Road which caused the natural gas to rush to the surface. 

While no injuries were reported, Bob Hull who lives nearby described the leak as scary and described a roaring sound he heard for hours. 

"Something was spraying in the air and I could get a faint smell of it and I knew what it was," said Hull. "I knew what it was and I ain't getting any closer."

Fire police closed down Whitehall Road between Bulk Point Road and Feeser Road because of how dangerous the situation was, according to officials. By late afternoon, Whitehall Road was re-opened to one lane traffic. 

"They've shut off the gas flowing and now that the gas is off, they can get in there and fix the pipeline and actually repair the damage that was done," said Russ Bedell, a spokesman for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania.

The line being fixed is operated by Columbia Pipeline Group,  a sister company of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, which provides gas service to its customers. 

Crews knocked on doors to notify impacted residents their gas would be shut off for repairs which will last into the night Wednesday. The company is offering hotel accommodations to those impact, as well as meals while their service is interrupted. 

"I think it was a good morning for black ice to tell you the truth," said Hull. "As a matter a fact, a salt truck went right by our house."

Officials confirmed icy roads and foggy conditions played a role in the crash.
Crash causes gas leak in Littlestown

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