Elm Street crash west of Lima causes gas leak


Dominion Energy workers hurry to install a valve so a gas leak could be stopped Friday afternoon after a crash on state Route 117 near Copus Road. Traffic was routed around the area for hours.

Dominion Energy workers hurry to install a valve so a gas leak could be stopped Friday afternoon after a crash on state Route 117 near Copus Road. Traffic was routed around the area for hours.


Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

LIMA — Employees from Dominion Energy worked to shut off a natural gas leak after the driver of a white SUV ran off the roadway on state Route 117 near Copus Road, striking a natural gas pressure control at a private residence Friday.

“We secured the area, made sure no one was in the houses in the area and kept people back so Dominion could do their thing,” said Shawnee Fire Department Platoon Chief John Norris.

The accident occurred at 12:49 p.m. and the highway remained closed and traffic was rerouted for hours as workers dug to the gas line to install a valve so the leak could be shut off, Norris said.

Gas could be heard hissing from the broken equipment from down the street, and the air was filled with the odor. Dominion had the leak fixed around 3:15 p.m.

Norris said the driver was transported from the scene with minor injuries.

Additional information was not available Friday night.

Dominion Energy workers hurry to install a valve so a gas leak could be stopped Friday afternoon after a crash on state Route 117 near Copus Road. Traffic was routed around the area for hours.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_SUV-AX.jpgDominion Energy workers hurry to install a valve so a gas leak could be stopped Friday afternoon after a crash on state Route 117 near Copus Road. Traffic was routed around the area for hours. Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

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