Gas line explodes in Detroit suburb; several neighborhoods evacuated

(July 2, 2016/Courtesy: WDIV-TV)

MELVINDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — A gas line in Metro Detroit has exploded, forcing the evacuation of several neighborhoods, reports WDIV-TV.

According to WDIV, the explosion happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at Allen and Greenfield Roads. A spokesman for DTE Energy says that a car crashed through a fence at one of their training facilities and struck a natural gas line. The car continued driving, crashing again at Greenfield and Butler Roads in Dearborn.

WDIV reports that crews were on the scene within 10 minutes and turned off the gas source. Two of the buildings in the facility caught fire, but no injuries were reported at the complex.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital. Sources tell WDIV that the driver may have been intoxicated.

Several neighborhoods north of Elizabeth Road were evacuated as a precaution. Residents told WDIV that the explosion shook their homes.

This is a developing story.

Information from: WDIV-TV


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