UPDATE: Blackburn homes evacuated after car pursued by police hits gas main

Blackburn homes evacuated after police chase car hits gas main

Blackburn homes evacuated after police chase car hits gas main

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HOMES in Blackburn were evacuated after a car being pursued by police smashed into a wall, hit a gas main and caused a major leak.

Residents in East Park Road were told to leave their homes after the black Ford Mondeo crashed after being signalled to stop by officers.

A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with minor injuries.

Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the scene, and the road was closed between its junctions with Langham Road and Brantfell Road for around two hours.

 

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Faiza Saleh, 17, who lives in East Park Road, said she ran out of her house when she heard the crash.

She said: “I was in the kitchen and I heard a woman scream and a loud bang.

“I came out to look and I saw it was a dog walker who screamed. They put her in the police car for a while, she was crying.

“There was already a police car behind the car that crashed, and then more police came, and an ambulance, and then they told us to leave the house.”

Her father, Faruk Saleh, 45, was also evacuated.

He said: “They said we had to leave the house because of a gas leak.

“I think the car hit a gas pipe. They said don’t use the front door, use the back door.”

Another resident, Hussain Akhtar, rushed to the scene when he heard the car smash into the wall.

He said: “I heard it and I went to see what had happened.

“I saw the police and the car, and the fire engines came right away.

“It’s not the first crash that’s happened here, we’ve had a few in this area.

“We’ve been campaigning about the road for a long, long time.”

Zohra Mohammed, 58, of nearby Langham Road, said: “I was on my way back from taking my mum to the hospital for a check-up, and I had to take a detour to come back.

“This is the third time accidents have taken place here, and it’s worrying because the park is just around the corner so there are always a lot of families with children in the area.”

Noorie Essa, 50, who lives in East Park Road, was also evacuated. She said the crash site was known locally as an accident blackspot.

She said: “It’s a big issue, we’re so scared for our children.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Around 10.50am yesterday (tue) a Ford Mondeo was requested to stop by police but failed to do so. Moments later it collided with a wall on East Park Road in Blackburn.

“The driver of the vehicle has been taken to hospital with minor injuries and has been arrested on suspicion of driving whist disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

“No other vehicles were involved in the collision and nobody else was injured.”

An ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 10.50am with a report of an accident and arrived on scene at 10.54am.

“The male patient had facial injuries and back injuries and was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

“The injuries were not life-threatening.”

Residents from around 20 homes were kept out of their homes for several hours while the leak was fixed.

Firefighters attended to seal off the affected area, before gas engineers arrived.

Crew manager Martin Dillon said: “We made the scene safe and stopped a gas leak.

“We used a bung, we have special putty that we use.”

A spokeswoman for National Grid said: “We had a call just after 11am to say that a car had damaged some of our equipment.

“When we got onto the site, the police were already there.

“The car had hit the wall and damaged a single service pipe that takes the gas to one property.

“We had engineers on site and we were waiting for the council to come down to assess it. ”

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2:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

burner says...

The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : )
The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : ) burner
  • Score: 10

2:51pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lurid67 says...

burner wrote:
The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : )
Quality, but you forgot the kids and pensioners who could have been killed lol
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : )[/p][/quote]Quality, but you forgot the kids and pensioners who could have been killed lol Lurid67
  • Score: 5

4:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

woolywords says...

burner wrote:
The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : )
Absolute bollards!
If you read the article slowly, you'll realise that the cause of the crash was the flashing lights and loud noises from the car behind that distracted the driver.

Can we hope that the penalty for these actions will include payments towards what is obviously an whole circus of people that attended the aftermath?
I won't hold my breath, as it's usually an extended ban, short prison term and an 'off you go to do it again' upon release.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: The driver said, " I was following this bus and had unfastened my seat belt to fiddle with my sat-nav when this gas main just rose up in the middle of the road. It was like a bomb going off. It's barbaric." : )[/p][/quote]Absolute bollards! If you read the article slowly, you'll realise that the cause of the crash was the flashing lights and loud noises from the car behind that distracted the driver. Can we hope that the penalty for these actions will include payments towards what is obviously an whole circus of people that attended the aftermath? I won't hold my breath, as it's usually an extended ban, short prison term and an 'off you go to do it again' upon release. woolywords
  • Score: 10

6:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

I can't understand , why you have a gas pipe coming out of the pavement. A meter up the wall then go in to the land to the property , it's because national grid are to lazy to drill through the wall and have the service at the back of the wall that would be a safer option , rather than on the public foot path , have a look round there's hundreds on the pavement side wall ,,,,
I can't understand , why you have a gas pipe coming out of the pavement. A meter up the wall then go in to the land to the property , it's because national grid are to lazy to drill through the wall and have the service at the back of the wall that would be a safer option , rather than on the public foot path , have a look round there's hundreds on the pavement side wall ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: -2

8:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

woolywords says...

phil kernot wrote:
I can't understand , why you have a gas pipe coming out of the pavement. A meter up the wall then go in to the land to the property , it's because national grid are to lazy to drill through the wall and have the service at the back of the wall that would be a safer option , rather than on the public foot path , have a look round there's hundreds on the pavement side wall ,,,,
If memory serves me well, this is to prevent 'bubbles' of gas that contain dust being driven to the meter and interfering with it's function. This come from something that I read, years ago, about how 'town' gas was a 'wet' gas and that 'North sea' gas was 'dry' and liable to carry dust particles from drying out gas pipes into the 'governor' and then the meter..
(I used to read technical manuals whilst waiting for my Dad finishing work at the Gas Board Distribution office. Which means that I'm one of the few that can name the smell of gas - Mercaptan.)
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: I can't understand , why you have a gas pipe coming out of the pavement. A meter up the wall then go in to the land to the property , it's because national grid are to lazy to drill through the wall and have the service at the back of the wall that would be a safer option , rather than on the public foot path , have a look round there's hundreds on the pavement side wall ,,,,[/p][/quote]If memory serves me well, this is to prevent 'bubbles' of gas that contain dust being driven to the meter and interfering with it's function. This come from something that I read, years ago, about how 'town' gas was a 'wet' gas and that 'North sea' gas was 'dry' and liable to carry dust particles from drying out gas pipes into the 'governor' and then the meter.. (I used to read technical manuals whilst waiting for my Dad finishing work at the Gas Board Distribution office. Which means that I'm one of the few that can name the smell of gas - Mercaptan.) woolywords
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

John05 says...

Why are people "Campaigning about the road" because the police decided to chase someone at high speed around a residential area until he crashed? Fortunately these chases don't happen everyday but when they result in a crash that could have killed people the most important things that need to be looked at are police tactics. This crash doesn't mean the road or ordinary drivers are dangerous, so we don't need it as an excuse for a 20mph limit or speed humps or anything ridiculous.
Why are people "Campaigning about the road" because the police decided to chase someone at high speed around a residential area until he crashed? Fortunately these chases don't happen everyday but when they result in a crash that could have killed people the most important things that need to be looked at are police tactics. This crash doesn't mean the road or ordinary drivers are dangerous, so we don't need it as an excuse for a 20mph limit or speed humps or anything ridiculous. John05
  • Score: 2

10:54pm Wed 19 Feb 14

not too old to care says...

It's the "inconsiderate parking" that causes a problem with East Park Road.
Blackburn Highways department did really well in solving this problem with the lower section of this road but have since done nothing about the rest.
Perhaps now they will look with some urgency at the stretch from Corporation Park up to Shear Brow where "inconsiderate parking" is often beyond sanity.
It's the "inconsiderate parking" that causes a problem with East Park Road. Blackburn Highways department did really well in solving this problem with the lower section of this road but have since done nothing about the rest. Perhaps now they will look with some urgency at the stretch from Corporation Park up to Shear Brow where "inconsiderate parking" is often beyond sanity. not too old to care
  • Score: 1

11:45pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Steven11 says...

Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance !
Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance ! Steven11
  • Score: 0

11:59pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mrcool says...

Steven11 wrote:
Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance !
A bloody pain ain't they Steven? Oh, the lady that took her car for a ride on the bollards......was she asian too? Thought not. So I guess you really are a prat then. I'm also pretty sure your age is reflected in your username, so off to bed please.
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance ![/p][/quote]A bloody pain ain't they Steven? Oh, the lady that took her car for a ride on the bollards......was she asian too? Thought not. So I guess you really are a prat then. I'm also pretty sure your age is reflected in your username, so off to bed please. mrcool
  • Score: -3

12:11am Thu 20 Feb 14

Steven11 says...

mrcool wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance !
A bloody pain ain't they Steven? Oh, the lady that took her car for a ride on the bollards......was she asian too? Thought not. So I guess you really are a prat then. I'm also pretty sure your age is reflected in your username, so off to bed please.
Should I now call the police , are you an on line pervert looking for children ! Now I'm worried , very worried !
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Asians again , no respect for speed limits Just full of their own self importance ![/p][/quote]A bloody pain ain't they Steven? Oh, the lady that took her car for a ride on the bollards......was she asian too? Thought not. So I guess you really are a prat then. I'm also pretty sure your age is reflected in your username, so off to bed please.[/p][/quote]Should I now call the police , are you an on line pervert looking for children ! Now I'm worried , very worried ! Steven11
  • Score: -5

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