National Grid back in Hunters Lane to fix problem after gas leak

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A gas leak sparked an emergency situation in Rugby on Monday morning after a lorry crashed into a mains pipe on an industrial estate.

Warwickshire Police sealed off Hunters Lane, just off Newbold Road, to the public on Monday.

Officers said they were dealing with an incident and it later emerged that there were reports of a gas leak.

National Grid and Warwickshire Police both confirmed that a lorry has crashed into a gas pipe causing it to burst.

Some workers in the area were evacuated, while others in the vicinity were told to stay inside until it was safe to come out.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were also on stand-by at the scene.

The gas leak was temporarily fixed at around 11.30am and workers were allowed back into Hunters Lane.

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: “There was a collision and a gas pipe was fractured. There were reports of gas leaking.

“There have been no reports of any injuries.”

National Grid said it was called to Hunters Lane after the lorry crashed into a box containing gas equipment.

A spokesman for National Grid said: “Our main priority was to get that leak sorted.

“The police evacuated some people and told others to stay inside until we got there.

“Once we got there everyone was allowed back in.”

National Grid said that engineers were on site again on Tuesday to fix the damaged equipment.

The spokesman continued: “One small commercial unit will have diruption to the supply when we go to reconnect it but this should not effect anyone else.”

National Grid said there was no great danger and reassured people in the area that they were safe throughout the incident.