Crash, Gas Leak In San Jose Neighbrhood Prompt Evacuations

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Police at the scene of a gas leak on E. St. James. Ave. in San Jose, July 14th, 2011. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose neighborhood was evacuated for a brief time Thursday after a gas meter was struck by a car and leaked.

The crash happened about 9:15 a.m. at 447 E. Saint John Street, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

A car collided with another vehicle and went out of control, striking a gas meter attached to a house, she said.

No injuries were reported, and the house itself was not damaged, Gutierrez said.

The crash, however, caused a gas leak, and about two-dozen firefighters helped evacuate nearby homes as a precaution.

A Pacific Gas & Eelectric Co. crew stopped the flow of gas, and a hazardous materials team checked the house to ensure that there were no lingering gas vapors inside the residence, Gutierrez said.

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