Gas blast fear
Date published: 08 August 2014
DOZENS of worried residents fled their homes in panic last night after a car ploughed into a house, hit a gas pipe and drove off leaving householders fearing a massive explosion.
The drama unfolded in Failsworth at 6pm when the vehicle careered across the Mather Street junction into the house on Hardman Lane, damaged the property and gas pipe, before fleeing the scene.
Police cordoned off Hardman Lane for two hours after the ruptured pipe leaked gas into the street.
Quick-thinking resident Lisa Casey (29) alerted emergency services and evacuated neighbours after the collision.
The pregnant mum-of-four said: “The kids came in saying a gas pipe had exploded. I rang 999 straight away.
“When I saw it was a gas pipe I started knocking door to door saying there’s a major gas leak.
“You could hear the gas coming from the pipe, it was horrendous. I told people to flip the electricity off and then I rang the gas board.
“It’s quite a tight-knit neighbourhood. We are a good community and look out for each other.”
Police, firefighters and the National Grid were quickly on the scene, shutting off the road from the junctions of Hale Lane to Andrew Street with around 50 properties on Hardman Lane evacuated.
Around 50 residents stood out on the street for two hours while the gas supply was isolated and properties ventilated.
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