Car hits multiple gas lines in Chico, apartment complex evacuated

First responders say a car drove into the side of an apartment complex, rupturing multiple gas lines, causing a gas leak. PG&E, Chico Fire and PD on scene.

Posted: Jun 26, 2021 7:48 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2021 12:06 PM

Update 11:10 a.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021 - The Chico Police Department said Saturday night that when they arrived at the Pine Tree Apartments on Emigrant Way they could smell natural gas and could hear sounds coming from the gas line.

Officers said the crashed car was not movable when they arrived which delayed public safety operations needed to render the gas line safe. Pacific Gas & Electric employees could not access the gas line until after the vehicle was moved.

The gas line was pinched closed for approximately one hour and 45 minutes after the crash. At that point, it became safe to move the car.

According to police, the crash was not intentional. They said the driver and the passenger of the car were located and there was no evidence of either alcohol or drug use.


CHICO, Calif. - Roughly 30 people were evacuated from an apartment complex in Chico.

According to officials on the ground, a car drove into the side of the Pine Tree Apartment complex and hit four gas lines.

This caused a gas leak and the entire complex was evacuated.

Officials said 'bad driving' is why the car ruptured the gas lines.

No arrests have been made.

Action News Now has a reporter on the scene.

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