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Truck runs into Colorado Springs apartment, ruptures gas line

Driver lost control on icy street

Truck crash causes gas leak at Colorado Springs apartment complex

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Fire Department was called to an incident Monday morning involving a pickup truck running into a building.

Crews arrived at the Murray Hill Apartments, on Galley Road near the Murray Boulevard intersection, to find a ruptured gas line due to the truck running into one of the buildings.

Colorado Springs Utilities responded to the scene and shut off gas to 16 units in the affected building.

Authorities said the truck skidded on an icy lane of Galley Road and hit a utility storage room containing heating equipment for the building.

The impact damaged the walls of two units.

Two men were sitting and watching TV in one of the units when the crash happened.

"We both heard the tires squeal and then we saw it coming at us through the window," one of the witnesses said.  "A person walking outside had to dodge to keep from getting hit."

Some of the affected residents may have to live elsewhere while repairs are made.

No one was hurt but a police officer at the scene said the driver was cited for careless driving.

"Other vehicles were skidding out there but they didn't lose control," the officer said.  "He was traveling too fast for the conditions."

The driver disagreed.

"I wasn't going faster than 4 miles an hour," he said.  "It was a slow dance toward the apartment.  There was nothing I could do."

Galley Road is currently closed at Potter for all eastbound traffic, westbound Galley remains open.

There are unknown injuries at this time. CSFD is asking the public to avoid the area.


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