Driver Loses Control And Slams Into Gas Meter In Santa Clara

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014  |  Updated 11:26 PM PDT
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Neighbors woke up to a hazardous gas leak in Santa Clara.

Neighbors woke up to a hazardous gas leak in Santa Clara.

A driver lost control and smashed into two houses in Santa Clara, rupturing a gas line and forcing residents out of their homes.

Santa Clara police said the crash happened on the 400 block of Kiely Boulevard near San Tomas Expressway and Pruneridge Avenue. Police said that there were no injuries.

According to firefighters, an elderly woman may have hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes on Kiely Boulevard near San Tomas Expressway. That  may have caused her minivan to jump the curb and slam into a corner of a home.

Neighbors said they heard a loud noise around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and came out to find a car wedged in between two homes.

One of the neighbors, Kelly Sherman, who lives next door to one of the damaged houses, said she felt shaking.

"I heard a loud screech, jumped out of bed and called 911," Sherman said. "We are thankful there were no injuries."

She also said the driver took out two pillars in front of her home.

Emergency repair work by utility crews forced some residents out of their homes Saturday, but that work has been completed.

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