MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 8 p.m.: The driver who hit an above-ground gas line at Air Products & Chemicals on Yankee Road, which caused a large fire and a gas leak and an evacuation, suffered burn injuries and has been taken to a hospital.
The accident produced large flames, Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli told the Hamilton Journal-News.
The injured person was taken to Atrium Medical Center. That person’s condition was not known.
The evacuation of several addresses near the facility has ended. No other injuries were reported.
A Middletown fire lieutenant said Yankee Road in area of chemical facility remained shut down while Duke Energy repairs the gas line, which travels underground and carries gas from the chemical facility to AK Steel. There was no word on when the road would be reopened.
Cable lines were damaged in the accident as well.
Police and fire are on the scene of a vehicle crash at Air Products & Chemicals, on Yankee Road, where a gas line reportedly ruptured in the accident has caused an evacuation in the area.
The crash was reported about 3:30 p.m. and the evacuation is affecting some addresses near the plant at 2500 Yankee and on Meadow Avenue, Middletown Police Chief David Birk told the Hamilton Journal-News.
We’re working to confirm whether there are any injuries or downed wires stemming from the accident.
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