Vehicle crash ruptures gas line, starts fire, Fayetteville police say

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville emergency crews responded to Shaw Mill Road near Murchison Road after a vehicle crash ruptured a gas line Tuesday, police confirmed.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 9 a.m. in the 1100 block of Shaw Mill Road.

Police said that a preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle ran off the road, struck, and then ruptured, a gas line. Two people were inside the vehicle and one of them had to be extricated from the vehicle by Fayetteville firefighters. Both of the occupants suffered injuries in the crash.

Police said it appears the crash was a result of a medical condition suffered by the driver.

The driver and passenger were both treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and released.

“They had to be really concerned with the heat catching the van on fire, and with the utility pole right above them, so they were trying to work pretty quick to avoid those hazards,” said Kevin Morgan, Fayetteville Fire assistant fire chief.

The ruptured gas line caught fire.

“The neighborhood surrounding this area they’re all safe, as long as the gas is burning there’s not really much of a hazard to explode because the gas is burning off as it comes out of the gas,” said Morgan. “If the fire was out, if people are wondering why we don’t put the fire out then we gotta worry about what happens to the gas and the gas starts forming this really large gas cloud that creates extreme explosion potential.”

Shaw Mill Road is closed between Murchison Road and Rosehill Road, police said. Drivers in the area should take Country Club Drive as an alternate route until the road is reopened.

Police said the road is expected to be closed until at least Wednesday night.

The crash is currently under investigation.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:

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