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Evacuation order lifted after State Street crash forced dozens from their homes

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 23:21:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A natural gas leak forced evacuations and the closure of a stretch of State Street in Salt Lake City early Friday morning.

The evacuation order was lifted just after 7:30 a.m.

Just after midnight, a car crashed into the building that houses “Glen’s Key Lock and Safe.”

There was a small fire and several people had to be extricated from the car. The driver was treated and released for minor injuries.

The impact broke a natural gas line, and the gas quickly spread.

Dozens of people had been displaced by the leak, and State Street was closed between 900 South and 1300 South.

A little after 7 a.m. crews were able to shut off the gas, but it took some time for the gas in the area to clear.

State Street was reopened in both directions around 7:30 a.m.

Some 38 homes in the area had been evacuated, and the Sorenson Center was opened for those people.