HOMES were evacuated after a gas pipe was cracked when a vehicle ploughed into a hedge in a Brockenhurst street.
Emergency crews were sent to the collision which took place in Sway Road around 7.30pm last night (Monday), causing a gas leak. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters cleared residents from properties within a 60-metre cordon around the crash scene as engineers from gas company SGN were called out.
A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said they were sent into the village as emergency arrangements were made for hotel accommodation.
Fire crews from various stations, including Brockenhurst, Lymington, Beaulieu and Ringwood, provided scene safety overnight as the road was closed for repairs.
A post on the SGN Twitter page shortly before 7am this morning said signed traffic diversions were in place while engineers continued to work at the scene.
The gas supply was isolated by around 10.30am, with all residents able to return to their homes, according to the fire service spokesperson.
“There was an RTC on Sway Road where a vehicle went into a hedge and cracked a gas pipe, causing a leak,” the spokesperson said.
“The gas board were requested and Emergency Planning informed, and a 60m cordon was put in place with nearby homes evacuated.
“Residents were evacuated to the local village, and Emergency Planning were arranging hotels. Firefighters were on standby while gas engineers investigated.
“The stop message came in at 10.32am with the gas supply being isolated and the vehicle was removed. Residents have also been able to return to their homes.”
A spokesperson for SGN told the A&T the repairs were completed but the road would remain closed between Woodlands Road and the B3055 while the engineers filled in the excavations and restored the surface.
The company hoped the road would reopen by Thursday.