1 injured after crash causes gas leak, evacuations

Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 7:55 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2023 at 10:31 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A crash that caused part of Jonesboro to evacuate Monday night sent one person to the hospital.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, the person had unknown injuries Monday night.

Police confirmed that around 7:30 p.m., a car crashed on East Highland Drive near Hytrol and landed on a gas meter causing it to leak.

Traffic was diverted to Kathleen Street as crews worked the scene.

Homes and Businesses Evacuated

Both police and firefighters responded to the scene and traffic was blocked off.

They asked people to avoid the area while they worked to clear the scene.

Residents of the 4000-5000 blocks of East Highland Drive were also informed to evacuate.

Hytrol Evacuated

A company spokesperson confirmed that Hytrol was also being evacuated.

“Because this is an active situation, we don’t have further comment right now but can direct you to the appropriate party when the situation is resolved.”

Paige Phillips, Manager of Marketing at Hytrol

Just before 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, crews were able to safely tow the vehicle that struck the pole and shut the valve off.

East Highland Drive was reopened to traffic at 12:35 a.m.