Van crashes into home causing gas line break and evacuations


VIDEO COURTESY: Kelly Arnold, Sedgwick County Clerk

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A gas line break in northwest Wichita caused evacuations early Thursday morning.

It happened after a van ran into the side of a house in the 11000 block West 17th Street North around 3:30 a.m. The van dislodged a gas line and caused the leak.

“When gas services got to the scene, they were unable to shut off gas service at the house. They had to start digging up next to the street to get the gas line shut down,” said Joe Bickel, Deputy Chief of Operations for Wichita Fire Department. “They went in and took readings and thought it was higher than what we thought it was, so they wanted us to initiate an evacuation.”

Police were called to help evacuate homes 500 feet away from the gas leak. Kansas Gas worked to restore service.

Right now, police are investigating what caused the driver to crash.

“We believe alcohol was a factor in this accident. We are still investigating that part of the case” said Officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.

Kelly Arnold, Sedgwick County Clerk, captured video of the car crashing on his security camera. See the video above.

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