Car Crashes Into Raleigh Home, Ruptures Gas Line
Posted January 27, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. — Several people escaped serious injury Sunday night after police said a truck hit a parked car on the side of the street then struck a house, rupturing a gas line and sparking a huge fire in North Raleigh.
Raleigh police said the incident happened between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Silverdene Street.
"We were watching the Super Bowl just like everyone else, I guess, and we heard the explosion. I just thought it was fireworks, but it was really loud and my wife ran out front and said it was a fire," neighbor Ken Wehner said.
Police said the driver of a truck struck a car parked on the side of the street.
"The driver could not control the vehicle. The vehicle struck the side of the residence rupturing the gas line that enters into the residence," said Lt. M.L. Smothers fo the Raleigh Police Department.
The crash and explosion set one side of the house on fire, sending flames high into the air.
Crews had a hard time finding the underground gas line. The fire department allowed the fire to burn for a few hours while they waited for the gas company to locate the gas line and turn off the gas line.
No one was injured and no charges have been filed.
Investigators at the scene said they did not know why the driver crashed into the house. They said it did not appear to be intentional or that alcohol was a factor in the crash.