PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Rolls Royce crashed into and broke a gas line at the Linnton Community Center Wednesday afternoon, said Portland Fire and Rescue.
The crash happened around 2 p.m. near NW 107th Ave on Highway 30. Firefighters said the driver of the 1982 Rolls Royce was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
While no one was in the community center, firefighters discovered the crash ruptured a heavy gas line. Northwest Natural crews were called out to shut off the gas and assess the damage. The community center’s refrigerator and food pantry were also damaged.
“It crashed the wall in,” said Pat Wagner, Chair on the Linton Community Center Board. “And the car can’t be removed because it has caused structural damage to the building.”
Food Bank Director Tim Kristin told KOIN 6 News he was thankful that the driver survived the crash, “as tragic as the accident was.”
Highway 30 was closed to traffic while natural gas crews and emergency repsonders worked, but the road was reopened around 3:30 p.m. Traffic should be returning to normal shortly, said Portland Fire and Rescue.
The Linton Community Center is taking donations in the form of cash and non-perishables to try to recoup some of losses from the crash.