Home still evacuated after 5-car crash causes gas leak in west end Toronto

One residence stays evacuated after a five-car crash prompted a gas leak in Toronto’s west end on Sunday, police and firefighters say.

Two of the 5 vehicles hit a home on Old Weston Road close to Rockwell Avenue, in line with Stephan Powell, district hearth chief for Toronto Fire Services. Emergency crews have been known as to the scene at about 9:20 a.m.

The driver of one of many autos fled the scene on foot and police are trying to find the particular person. No one on the scene has been injured. Police have no idea if the the motive force who fled was injured.

As many as seven houses have been initially evacuated after the leak, however Enbridge Gas shut off the gas at 10:45 a.m.  Residents in all however one of the houses have been allowed to return, Powell mentioned. The remaining residence is the one which was hit by the vehicles.

One of the vehicles in the collision hit a gas line and gas had been escaping quickly, he added. 

“For safety reasons, after air monitoring, we started to evacuate houses on either side of the affected property,” Powell mentioned.

A aspect entrance of the house that was hit has been deemed unsafe, he added. 

Structural engineers from the City of Toronto are anticipated on the scene in a while Sunday.

This car was hit in the crash on Old Weston Road on Sunday. (Dave Hill/CBC)

Krista Luxton, spokesperson for Enbridge Gas Inc., mentioned an working supervisor was heading to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to develop a restore plan.

Luxton mentioned the gas meter was hooked up to the house’s porch, which was broken in the crash. The porch must be repaired earlier than the gas may be turned again on, she mentioned. Only the affected house is with out gas service, she added.

“In terms of the natural gas, the area has been made safe. There’s no blowing gas, there’s no gas leaking,” she mentioned. “There’s no danger right now.”

Enbridge Gas restore crews needed to dig to the sidewalk to succeed in the pipe to close off the gas, she added.

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, mentioned callers informed police that they may odor gas after the crash.

Police have blocked off the realm to safe the scene and permit officers to analyze the crash.

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