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Brief: Car wreck snaps gas pipe

Brief: Car wreck snaps gas pipe

Brief: Car wreck snaps gas pipe
July 19
19:08 2013

Nadia Hill/Managing Editor

At about 5 p.m. today, a two-car collision on Industrial Street caused a gas line to burst, shut down four streets and forced surrounding residents to evacuate their homes. No one was injured in the accident.

An officer at the scene said a Ford Taurus was traveling northbound on Industrial Street when a cat darted in front of the car, causing the driver to swerve and smash into a parked purple Chevrolet Astro van. The van belongs to Denton resident Jesus San Miguel, who was inside his home eating when the accident happened.

The Taurus flipped the van over a gas meter in San Miguel’s front yard, snapping the pipeline and emitting fumes.

A family of five – including two children – was inside the Taurus. All declined to comment. Their car was towed shortly after the accident.

Rebecca Eveletah, owner of the nearby business TRT Communications, Inc. at 220 E. Sycamore St., was leaving work when she saw the collision just a couple of houses down.

“I heard it go boom,” Eveletah said. “They were still in the car when I went out there. The car was smoking and I smelled the gas. I told them to get out.”

Eveletah and other residents hung out at the intersection of Sycamore and Industrial Streets, and the turn-ins from Hickory and Bell Streets were closed off as a fire and rescue crew worked to repair the gas leak.

At about 6:30 p.m., residents were allowed to return to their homes.

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