Monday, December 5, 2022

Gas leak after car hits gas main in Woodview, Grays

Update: 1615hrs

The gas board stemmed the flow of gas and fire crews dealt with the incident by 12:34hrs

Update: 1050 hrs

Thurrock Council statement: “Our emergency planning people are working with the emergency services. Staff are supporting the 21 people evacuated.

Update: 1025hrs

Crews were called after a motorist drove into a green box containing a gas main, fracturing a supply pipe which began leaking gas.

The driver was not seriously hurt and was checked over by an Ambulance team at the scene.

Police evacuated 20 homes.

Firefighters are standing by as National Grid engineers work to stem the leak causing minimal distruption to homes in Grays.

At 09:45 hrs, Assistant Divisional Officer Eddie Brennan said: “The incident was caused when a vehicle hit a green gas box at the side of the road fracturing a supply pipe. This was a low speed collision and the driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured.
“At the moment, National Grid is looking at the most effective way of carrying out the repair with minimal disruption to homes in Grays.
“From a fire service perspective, we have three spray plates in operation to contain the gas release. As the water hits the escaping gas, it disperses and minimises the risk of fire.”

Log begins: 0930 hrs

OVER TWENTY houses have been evacuated after a car hit a gas main in Grays this morning (Wednesday).

The incident occurred at just after 8.30am on King Edward Drive, near to the Thurrock campus of South Essex College.

The road was closed both ways between the A1013 Stanford Road and Woodview.

Traffic along the A1013 Stanford Road is being diverted through Orsett Heath and into Chadwell St Mary.

Fire Crews are in attendance and the gas board has been contacted.

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