Car crash caused gas leak, closing U.S. 41 in North Port

Published: May. 3, 2019 at 9:13 AM EDT
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NORTH PORT (WWSB) - A car crash Thursday afternoon in North Port caused a gas leak, closing the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 in North Port.

The crash first happened at U.S. 41 and River Road but the van involved continued south on U.S. 41, getting into a second crash at U.S. 41 and Pan American.

Police say in the second crash, the van struck a concrete utility pole, trapping the driver in the vehicle and severing a one-inch gas line. This caused the tank to erupt and all lanes to be closed off for about an hour.

Police told ABC7 that an elderly man was driving the vehicle, a white minivan down Tamiami Trail when he suffered a medical event.

Police and fire rescue were able to quickly get him out of the car and transport him to a local hospital after he suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The gas leak was mitigated and U.S. 41 was re-opened.

No other injuries were reported and officials are reminding everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

“If you see something, say something," Officer Scott Guzman of the North Port Police Department said. "Call us immedaitely and let us know what is going on so we can disperse officers to that area. In this case, it started in Sarasota with the fire department being called. One of our officers overheard what was happening and started driving towards there, and tried to intercept this vehicle before this crash.”

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