Car crash causes gas line to rupture

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WEST VALLEY -- A car crashed into a West Valley City home Monday afternoon, rupturing a gas line. It happened near 6300 West and 4100 South.

West Valley police say the crash involved a utility truck and Honda Accord. Officers aren't sure of the details yet, but say they believe the truck was going east on 4100 South and ran a red light, hitting the car.

"The Accord came out of the intersection, over the curb and through the front yard of the house behind us and struck the house, and actually hit the gas main leading in to the house," explained West Valley police Lt. Dalan Taylor.

The two people in the car, a 57-year-old woman and a man in his mid-20s, were transported to the hospital. The man is in critical condition and was flown by helicopter.

The driver of the truck was not hurt.

The house that was hit has minor structural damage, but the main concern was that gas line. The people in the home were evacuated for about an hour while crews shut off the gas.

"With all that gas flowing through the air, and the amount of oxygen that is mixing with it, it makes it so it can ignite pretty easily," Taylor said.

Officials with Questar Gas are on the scene and we're told no other homes have been affected. The gas line that was severed was only going to that home.


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