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Shepparton house evacuated after crash causes gas leak

Residents were forced to leave their Shepparton home after a car crashed and became wedged on a gas main, rupturing the outlet.

JENNA BISHOP February 17, 2014 4:57am

A car became wedged on a gas main after the driver lost control of the car.


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Occupants of a Gilchrist St house were evacuated after a car crashed and became wedged on top of a gas main on Saturday.

Shepparton police Sergeant Rocky Fazzolari said a 2005 red Holden Commodore sedan was travelling west along Gilchrist St when the driver lost control for unknown reasons near the corner of McDonald St at 11.55am.

The car collided with the fence and gate of a Gilchrist St house and became wedged on a gas main.

‘‘The outlet has been ruptured and there was a gas leak,’’ Sgt Fazzolari said.

‘‘It was probably lucky there was excess gas leaked, as it meant it didn’t ignite.’’

It took two Country Fire Authority units more than an hour to contain the gas leak.

The occupants of the house were evacuated, while the road was closed off until the leak was controlled.

Sgt Fazzolari said at the time of the crash, it was raining and roads were wet.

The 19-year-old male P-plate driver of the sedan, from Shepparton, is assisting police with inquiries.

Sgt Fazzolari said no-one was injured in the incident.

Investigations into the incident are continuing and anyone who witnessed the crash can phone the Shepparton Police Station on 58205777.

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