Gas emergency as car ruptures line

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Emergency services were called to Middleton Loop in Albany today after a woman accidentally reversed her car into a laundromat, rupturing the main gas line to the building.

Police and firefighters were called to the back of Albany Laundrobar just after 11am where the incident occurred.

The female driver, believed to be a volunteer at the adjoining St Vincent de Paul building, was reportedly unhurt.

Traffic was stopped from entering Middleton Loop for more than an hour as emergency workers and gas personnel struggled to locate the tap for the leaking gas main.

Nearby businesses were allowed to continue trading as workers used water to dissipate the heavy gas flow, which was finally stopped about 12.30pm.

Laundrobar owner, pensioner Les Andrews, joked he might be able to advertise a drivethrough laundry service, but on a serious note vowed to get the business going again soon.

“I’ll figure out how to get it back up and running again as soon as possible,” he said.

On September 27 last year an 85-year-old woman’s car drove into the nearby Dog Rock Chemist when she accidentally left the transmission in drive while parking.

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