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Car accident brings evacuations after gas line struck

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - John Ochoa turned around and saw the crash between a van and a sedan on 51st Avenue.

John was in this truck he saw and heard the accident, but he thought they hit a water main, instead it was a natural gas line.

He was getting ready to start up his 18 wheeler when he was stopped by police.

"The police came over and said don't start up your truck, get out of you truck and walk a few blocks away," he said.

The air around I-10 and 51st Ave. smelled like gas, and for those on the scene they could hear it.

Phoenix Fire and Police started evacuating businesses and closing down roads because the gas was dangerous.

"It's heavier than air so it has the potential to linger low, to get in hidden spaces, so we evacuated," said Jonathan Jacobs with Phoenix Fire.

Gas stations, fast food restaurants, markets, and car washes were evacuated as firefighters monitored the air.
 
About two hours later the all clear was given and people returned to their businesses.

Even the people in the accident are ok. One driver got out on her own and the other driver just had minor injuries.
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