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Damaged gas line in Amboy causes evacuation; driver sought

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:42 p.m. CDT

AMBOY – Several homes were evacuated Sunday night after a pickup truck driver hit a gas line and drove off.

Deputies were called about 9 p.m. to a neighborhood on Shaw and Lee Center roads after residents noticed a strong smell of natural gas. They told deputies they saw the driver hit an above-ground gas pipe between a group of houses, then drive off, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said Monday.

Deputies found the truck, which had a damaged tire, about a quarter-mile away on Sterling Road. They have identified the owner and are trying to make contact with him, said Varga, who declined to name him.

Nicor was called to fix the line, and residents were back in their homes by about 11:30 p.m., Varga said. He did now know how many people were evacuated.

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