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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Shop crash causes gas leak on Cumbrian high street

A car skidded out of control, smashing through the window of a butcher’s shop and rupturing a gas main this morning.

Butchers shop crash
The crash car embedded with the shop. Photo by Moreno Berti

The crash happened at about 5.30am, when the black Chevrolet car is understood to have lost control at the junction of High Cross Street and Main Street in Brampton.

Hannah Coleman, of the Enchanted Teapot shop, was told not to open because of a risk of explosion. All shops on High Cross Street were closed.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said the car ruptured a mains gas pipe before it crashed into the front window of the Colin Moore Butchers shop.

The driver and passenger in the car both fled the area.

Firefighters were called to make the scene safe, before experts could assess the damage.

It was quickly discovered that the gas main had been ruptured and police cordoned off the road.

The police spokesman said: “The car has ruptured a gas main and, while the damage is not serious, the main will have to be dug up and replaced."

A highways team was on site and worked closely with British Gas to repair the damage.

However, the gas supply to much of the town was shut off as a safety precaution.

Engineers from Northern Gas Networks were quickly on scene and worked to cap off the supply. They had completed their work by about 11am.

A spokesman said only one property had been affected and they had made the area safe.

The Chevrolet car was removed for forensic analysis.

Police are also in the process of identifying and locating the driver and passenger.

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