Kern County, California — June 13, 2012
Police say a residential area was evacuated Wednesday after collision and gas leak in the Bakersfield area.
Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department report that an unidentified motorist was operating a white Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle along White Lane around 1:25 a.m. Investigators believe the SUV ran over a metallic cover on a hole left by construction workers, between Wible Road and Akers Street.
For unknown reasons, the driver of a gray Hyundai hit the SUV, causing the metal cover to strike three more cars. When the cover fell down the hole, it ruptured a line carrying natural gases.
Utility crews from Pacific Gas and Electric ordered the evacuation of 50 houses along White Lane before they were able to shut off the gas. Officers at the scene say at least one traveler suffered injury during the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2008 more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulted in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injuries.
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