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Car vs. house crash ruptures gas line

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MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 Utah) At least 50 people evacuated early Thursday morning, after a car hit a house and ruptured a gas line.

The car’s driver and another person were hurt.

“We had no capability of turning the line off,” Unified Fire Battalion Chief Lee Scarte said.

A home’s gas line was fractured below the shutoff valve when a 63-year-old woman crashed her car near 8400 W. and 2900 S. The highly-flammable fumes spewed into the Magna neighborhood just after 4 a.m. 

“The gas can travel inside the structures and find an ignition source. It can cause a fire or a small explosion,” Battalion Chief Scarte said. 

Officers immediately evacuated 14 homes, cut off the area’s gas and power and closed the road. 

Before crashing into the home, the driver of the Toyota was seen driving erratically in a parking lot, yelling that she was being chased.

“It did not appear that anyone was chasing her. At the time, she was possibly having a psychotic episode,” Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said.

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. She’s also going to be checked out for possible psychiatric issues. A passerby was also hurt when he or she jumped a fence to try to get the woman out of the car. 

A couple hours after the crash, all evacuees were allowed to go back into their homes. 

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