Police evacuate 800 homes after crash causes gas main leak
Residents at first took photos of the crash scene, before being evacuated from their homes
A one-mile stretch of the A23 Purley Way was closed this morning, buses are diverted and the tram network closed between Therapia Lane and Wandle Park because of a leak from a damaged gas mains, seeing emergency services place an exclusion zone of more than a quarter of a mile from a damaged gas main, following a car skidding off the icy road and crashing into an energy plant on Whitestone Way, in the New South Quarter, last night.
Police evacuated 800 properties nearby, with around 300 residents having to take refuge on the freezing night first at the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket, and overnight at the Salvation Army Citadel and Waddon Leisure Centre. There have been no reports of any injuries as a result of the collision.
While emergency works are carried out to fix…
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