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.
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.
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.