Car crashes into South Bend house, causes major gas leak
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Several people had to be evacuated from their homes after a truck lost control and crashed into the side of a house on the corner of Catalpa Street and Dubail Avenue just before 8 p.m. Friday night.
Witnesses, who were walking down the street at the time, say a car was heading West on Dubail Avenue when it missed the stop sign and hit a white truck, which had been driving northbound on Catalpa Street.
According to police, the two couples in each vehicle did not suffer any serious injuries and did not have to go to the hospital. With in minutes, firefighters asking people to stay a safe distance from the intersection because the truck hit the major gas line going into the home, causing a gas leak.
Firefighters setup a perimeter stretching about two blocks in each direction as Nipsco crews worked to shut off the gas line. While working, crews also had to shut off the power to many of the homes in the area.
Power was restored and people were allowed back into their homes by roughly 10:30 p.m. However, the family living in the home that was hit by the car was without gas until almost midnight while crews repaired the damaged gas line.
ABC 57 News talked to Jees Torres, the boy that lives in the home. Torres was inside celebrating his 11th birthday and had just finished opening up his presents when the truck slammed into the house. Roughly 10 of his friends and family were inside the home at the time, but one was injured.