Car hits gas line, sends flames shooting 50 feet in air

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (September 23, 2014) – No one was injured after a car crashed and hit a gas line in Madison County Tuesday morning.

According to Sheriff Ron Richardson, Joseph A Williams 47, Anderson, was driving south on 900W just before 12:45 a.m.

Williams told police that he swerved to miss a raccoon and struck the gas line as his vehicle left the east side of the road.

Williams got out of the vehicle and made it a short distance from his car when the escaping gas caught fire, sending flames 50 feet into the air.

Representatives from Vectren Gas Company and Panhandle Eastern responded to the scene to deal with the leaking gas.

The flames were finally extinguished just before 4 a.m., and 900W is back open.