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Updated: Van crashes into home, causes gas leak

A van crashed into a house causing an evacuation

Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold said a van crashed into his neighbor's house, causing a massive gas leak overnight Thursday. Police told him the driver was drunk, he said. (Jan. 18, 2018)
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Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold said a van crashed into his neighbor's house, causing a massive gas leak overnight Thursday. Police told him the driver was drunk, he said. (Jan. 18, 2018)

Homes in the 11600 block of West 17th Street were evacuated early Thursday after a white van hit the side of a house, rupturing a gas line, Wichita police said.

Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold said on Twitter that police knocked on his door at 3:30 a.m. and asked him to evacuate because of a gas leak at his neighbor’s house. He said police told him the driver was drunk.

Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson said at 10 a.m. that the driver – a 25-year-old man – hasn’t been arrested, pending blood-alcohol tests.

The driver was heading home at around 2:30 a.m. when he missed the turn coming off North Chambers, Davidson said.

The house he ran into was unoccupied. Residents within 500 feet were allowed to return home just before 6:30 a.m.

The driver had minor injuries, Davidson said.

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna

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