Sparks Fire Department responding to gas leak caused by careless driver

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Updated: 9/05/2012 2:01 pm
UPDATE - All roads surrounding the incident are open.

-UPDATE- Police The driver of the Ford pick-up, Antonio Trinidad-Pineada, claimed a mechanical malfunction, but evidence on scene indicated he was operating the vehicle in a careless manner. He was cited for Careless Driving, No Drivers License, and No Insurance.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Traffic Section at 353-2241 ext 503.

SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV)- The Sparks Fire Department is currently responding to an incident involving a natural gas leak. Fire officials say it happened Wednesday morning around 6:25 a.m. in the 1600 block of Merchant St. 

Fire and Police departments responded to a report of a car crash into a building. Police say when crews arrived on scene, they found a pick-up truck ran into a two-story apartment building. They say the truck had impacted the building in the exact location of the building's gas meters. No injuries have been reported.   

Police have evacuated the building and three nearby apartment buildings. NV Energy was also contacted to help control the leak by crimping the main gas line to the meters. NV Energy crews are still working to shut off the main. 

No word yet on whether the building will be shut down for the day.

Thirteen fire personnel, including a Battalion Chief, three structure engines and one truck company responded. 

The incident is still under investigation. Stay with News 4 for more updates on this developing story. 


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