High Point residents return to homes after being evacuated due to gas leak

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Residents returned to their homes Sunday night after being evacuated due to a natural gas leak caused by a crash.

High Point police said a driver hit a gas meter head-on in the area of East Lexington Avenue and Bailey Circle at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

One resident reported breathing difficulties and after Piedmont Natural Gas employees were able to stop the gas leak, about 22 homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution.

The area was sealed off for about an hour and a half, but one lane of traffic was open by about 7:30 p.m.

The resident who reported having breathing problems was treated at the scene by medical workers. No other injuries were reported.

The crash that caused the gas line rupture is still under investigation. Police said it appears a vehicle was traveling westbound on East Lexington Avenue when it went left of center and struck the gas meter head-on.

There was heavy front end damage to the vehicle and both airbags deployed. When emergency personnel were able to check it, there were no occupants inside.

The driver and any occupants are unknown at this time, but the crash is in its early investigative stages. No other vehicles were involved.

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