The Latest: Police: Hundreds evacuated due to propane leak
DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on an automobile wreck and propane fire Douglas, Arizona (all times local):
Douglas police say hundreds of people have been evacuated from businesses in a commercial and industrial area of the southeastern Arizona city after a vehicle hit a large propane tank’s feeder line that is now leaking gas.
Police Sgt. Jose Duarte says there was no fire or explosion, that the propane tank at a gas-distribution business wasn’t full when it was struck Tuesday and that firefighters are allowing some of the gas in the tank to dissipate before they try to clamp off the damaged pipe.
Duarte says the businesses evacuated in a half-mile radius include a Wal-Mart store along with warehouses and other commercial buildings.
He says dozens of firefighters responded to the crash and resulting propane gas leak while numerous law enforcement officers from several agencies sealed off the area and conducted the evacuation.
Duarte says two people in the vehicle have minor injuries.
Authorities say an industrial area of Douglas in southeastern Arizona is being evacuated because one of two vehicles involved in a wreck has crashed into a large propane tank that is now leaking gas.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office says the Douglas police and fire departments are responding to the incident Tuesday and that the Sheriff’s Office also has personnel on scene.
The office says people inside the crashed vehicle are injured and that the evacuation area also includes a Wal-Mart store in the vicinity.
Douglas is 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Tucson.