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Woman Says She Slipped On Gas Pedal, Crashed Causing Gas Leak

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More than 100 people had to quickly evacuate buildings on Dayton Street in Kennewick during a gas leak Tuesday. More than 100 people had to quickly evacuate buildings on Dayton Street in Kennewick during a gas leak Tuesday.
KENNEWICK, WA - More than 100 people had to quickly evacuate buildings on Dayton Street in Kennewick during a gas leak Tuesday.

The NBC Right Now team was at the scene posting updates on social media as we tracked the progress of the emergency crews.

We met with an elderly woman who told us her hand slipped on the wheel. She accidentally put pressure on the gas pedal and her car hit a gas meter on the side of the building.

Fire officials told us the piping on the gas meter broke and there was no easy way of shutting off the gas. For over an hour in the area a loud hissing sound could be heard.

Crews had to use jackhammers to dig their way to the pipes under South Dayton Street to finally stop the leak.  Cascade Natural Gas, fire crews and police worked together to address the safety concern.

"With the added breeze that we have here today, it's taking it up and taking it out and dissipating it very well. If you can't smell it, you have nothing to fear," said Captain Eric Nilson from the Kennewick Fire Department.

Because natural gas is lighter than air it doesn't stay in one place very long. As a precaution the people from Cascade Natural Gas used detectors in each building near the leak to detect any pockets of gas that could have been trapped, but the scene was cleared and roads reopened at 2 p.m.  
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