SJ Car Crash Ruptures PG&E Gas Line

About 25 people were evacuated because of the downtown leak.

By Mike Anderson
|  Saturday, Jan 22, 2011  |  Updated 9:43 AM PDT
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SJ Car Crash Ruptures PG&E Gas Line

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Firefighters and PG&E crews are on the scene of a gas leak caused by a car crash in San Jose that has prompted the evacuation of neighboring homes in the area, a fire captain said.

Firefighters and PG&E crews responded to a gas leak Saturday morning after a hit-and-run car crash in San Jose forced residents in the area to evacuate.

The driver fled after crashing a tan 1997 Ford sedan into a wall near 1190 South Second Street in downtown, causing a gas main to rupture, Fire Capt. Steve Foreman said.

The accident was reported around 3:10 a.m. and about 25 residents in the area were evacuated. They were "comfortable and safe at the Denny's just down the street," Foreman said.

Everyone was allowed to return home around 5:30 a.m., but some residents were without power.

It's unclear how the car crashed.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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