Fri11282014

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Car hits, ruptures PG&E gas meter


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier A Mountain View firefighter watches as a car is towed after a multivehicle crash that ruptured a PG&E gas meter on the Los Altos/Mountain View border Friday.

Los Altos police and Mountain View firefighters temporarily closed a section of El Camino Real between Los Altos Avenue and San Antonio Road Friday after a car crashed into a PG&E gas meter, causing a leak.

According to PG&E spokesman Jason King, a motorist lost control of his vehicle as he departed from a business located near Del Medio Avenue and El Camino Real. The vehicle crossed northbound traffic, hopped the median and came to a stop after it struck and ruptured a gas line at 4410 El Camino Real.

The Mountain View Fire Department reported the crash occurred at approximately 9:53 a.m. According to several eyewitnesses, at least two other vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Emergency responders closed the stretch of road in both directions and evacuated two buildings as a safety precaution, ordering occupants from a third building nearby to shelter in place. According to King, PG&E crews were on scene at approximately 10:18 a.m. and shut down the gas line by 10:54 a.m.

Occupants were allowed to re-enter the evacuated buildings at 11 a.m., with El Camino Real reopened to traffic in both directions at 11:25 a.m.

– Diego Abeloos

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