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Natural gas leaks force evacuations in two Indiana towns

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Police in Richmond and Brazil, Ind. responded to gas leaks early Thursday morning.

According to The Brazil Times, many town residents were evacuated following a late night accident.

Clay County Sheriff’s Department officials said a vehicle hit a gas meter connected to a home on North Murphy Avenue. The driver was killed, the newspaper reported. The person inside the home was not hurt.

Due to the leak emergency crews evacuated residents within a 1/2 mile radius just after 1 a.m. East Side Elementary School, Cloverleaf Nursing Home, Northview High School and the Brazil National Guard Armory were opened for evacuees. Police estimated that 100 people needed shelter at the schools. They were able to return home around 5:30 a.m.

In Richmond, officers went door to door evacuating an area on the east side of town.

Police said the evacuation area stretched from 30th to 34th Street and from US 40 to South B Street. Police urged residents to leave their neighborhood from the south — do not go north.

First responders opened the Richmond Square Mall for evacuees. Richmond Community Schools canceled class at both Test Intermediate and Charles Elementary schools. School administrators said that a two-hour delay wouldn’t have allowed sufficient time for the gas to dissipate.

Vectren crews arrived at both locations to repair the leaks.

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