PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The driver of a car lost control and crashed through a fence, hit a house and ruptured a gas main in the 1500 block of SE 41st Avenue Saturday afternoon.
The driver’s foot slipped off the brakes and onto the gas pedal, Portland police said. The car stopped on top of the gas meter, causing natural gas to leak into the air in the neighborhood.
Emergency crews from PGE and Northwest Natural Gas responded, and police evacuated some residents close to the scene.
Jamie Killpack was inside the home when it happened.
“I glanced up and saw fence fly up in the air,” Killpack told KOIN 6 News, “and heard a loud whoosh of gas — and it was. We got out as fast as we could.”
Nancy King lives nearby, and was thankful that Saturday’s evacuation managed to come at a time without rain.
“Yeah, got to talk to the neighbors,” King said. “And the house didn’t blow up, so that’s a good day.”
No one was hurt, and investigators said neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.
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