Vehicle strikes church, gas leak reported

Vehicle strikes church, gas leak reported
A two-vehicle crash sent one car into a wall of First United Methodist Church in downtown Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A vehicle plowed into a downtown Jonesboro church Friday morning, triggering a gas leak.

The crash happened just after 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 801 S. Main.

According to police on the scene, two cars collided at the intersection of Union and Warner, sending one into the building.

In addition to hitting the church, a desk sergeant with the Jonesboro Police Department, said the car also rammed into a gas meter.

He said several people have reported a “strong odor” of gas in the area.

Tim Rowell, battalion chief for the Jonesboro Fire Department, said his crews turned off the gas lines. He called it a “minor accident.”

By 11 a.m. CenterPoint Energy workers had arrived to fix the broken meter.

Union Street is currently blocked off as emergency crews work to clear the scene. Motorists should avoid this area.

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