Car crash causes gas leak, forces building evacuation

Casey Grove

A car smashed into a large Anchorage apartment building early Monday, damaging gas lines and forcing an evacuation of the 100-unit building, police said.

It happened about 4:45 a.m. when Christine Lincoln, 28, lost control of the 1996 Oldsmobile sedan she was driving north on A Street, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said in a written statement. The car slid across every lane on the street and hit a curb, causing it to roll over a fence, Shell said. It landed upside down on a bank of meters feeding natural gas to an apartment at 1533 A Street, the police spokeswoman said.

Gas was leaking out, and Lincoln climbed out and left the area, Shell said. A passerby found her bleeding near 15th Avenue.

Police officers closed nearby roads and evacuated the building, putting about 60 people into waiting city buses so the evacuees could stay warm until it was safe to come back inside, Shell said.

As of Monday, no citations had been issued, nor any charges filed. The crash remained under investigation, Shell said.

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