Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Andover van crash gas leak forces residents out of homes

scene in King Arthurs Way Image copyright Adam Lake
Image caption Emergency services were called to the scene in King Arthurs Way

A number of residents were asked to leave their homes after a van crashed into a gas substation causing a leak.

The gas main and a street light were damaged in the crash in King Arthurs Way, Andover, at about 01:00 BST, Hampshire police said.

A 35-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and two drink-driving offences.

Resident Adam Lake said police set up a 100m exclusion zone and asked more than 20 people to leave their homes.

"As soon as you opened the door you could smell a very, very strong smell of gas," he said.

"So we got our two eight-year-old girls out of bed and went down to St Mary's Church."

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said all residents were back in their homes by 02:53.

Test Valley Borough Council leader Phil North said the damaged gas main and lamp post had since been fixed but the road remained closed.

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