Evacuations after car crashes into building, gas line in Woodbridge

NewsCopter 7 over an accident in which a car crashed into a building and struck a gas line in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.

September 11, 2013 9:44:48 AM PDT
A dozen multi-family homes in a section of Woodbridge Township were evacuated after a car crashed into a building and struck a gas line.

The accident happened on Highland Avenue in the Keasbey section of the township around 5:30 p.m.

"I heard tires screeching and then a loud boom," an unidentified witness told Eyewitness News.

He was just home from work, literally minutes after walking through the door when he says the whole house shook.

"Sounded like someone ran into the house," he said.

A car with 2 people inside had crashed right through the front door and struck the gas meter in the process.

Our witness wasn't alone inside the home His 4 young nephew and nieces were there as well.

"I looked for the kids, grabbed the kids and went out the house," he said.

The police response time was seconds because the police were already here on the block. A neighbor had a heart attack just before the crash.

Authorities said a dozen multi-family homes containing 4 apartments each were evacuated because of the gas leak caused by the accident.

The gas company cut the gas and capped the leak shortly after 6:00 p.m..

The driver and his passenger were treated for minor injuries.

We spoke to the police who tell us it's too early to all about charges or why the car went out of control in the first place. The folks who live here will be staying with family and friends until the township says it safe to live here again.