Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver: Residents Evacuated After Vehicle Severs Gas Line

On 12-14-12 at 12:27 am, officers were dispatched to a call of a hit-and-run traffic collision at 918 Partridge Drive. Upon their arrival, it was determined that an unknown type of vehicle drove off of the roadway and struck the side of an attached garage of a residence at that location. The suspect vehicle was no longer at the scene, and no witnesses to the collision could be located. A Pacific Gas and Electric natural gas line was severed as a result of the collision. The gas could not be shut off manually by the responding officers.

Due to the danger of fire involved with this type of gas, the Redding Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Several surrounding houses were evacuated pending the arrival of the emergency crew from PG and E. City of Redding road crews brought barricades to block off portions of Partridge Drive to prevent vehicle access.

SHASCOM dispatch used a technology known as the “Communicator” to warn residents in the area via landline telephone with a recorded message to evacuate the area. Ninety-six residences were notified in this manner. Due to the cold weather conditions, an emergency evacuation center was set up at Boulder Creek School. The Red Cross responded to assist at this location. Redding Area Bus Authority also sent a bus to assist in transporting the evacuated residents from the area.

PG and E was able to shut off the gas at 2:37 am.

A passenger side rear view mirror was sheared off of the suspect vehicle during the collision. A sticker on the inside of the mirror indicated that the suspect vehicle was likely at 2005 Ford product.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is requested to call the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200.

From Redding Police Department press release

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