Gas Explosion in Andover
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A man has been arrested following a collision between a van and a gas main on King Arthurs Way this morning at 1.06am (20th October 2019).

It appears the van had been stolen.

Some residents needed to be evacuated from their homes because of a major gas leak as a result of the incident, which also involved a street light.

Andover Patio Centre

Andover and Villages can now report that 35-year-old man from Andover has been arrested for driving whilst unfit through drink, aggravated taking of a motor vehicle and driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level is above the limit.

The man remains in custody.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Phil North said, “A commercial vehicle crashed into a lamp post and a gas main at the junction of King Arthurs Way and Newbury Road, damaging the gas main.

“There were two issues, a gas leak and a dangerous lighting column. There was the potential for 500 homes to have to been evacuated but it was assessed that it was safer to leave people in their homes rather than evacuating them. The damage to the gas main was subsequently fixed and SEE have also fixed the lamp post.

“Test Valley Borough Council had an officer on the ground from 1 am until the incident was made safe – and it has been confirmed to me that the situation is now back to normal.”


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