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29 September 2010, 08:24
A school, and nearby properties and businesses in Bedford, had to be evacuated last night after a car came off the road and damaged a gas main.
Emergency services were called to the accident, near Bedford Modern School, at around 7:30pm.
Fire fighters used an “explosimeter” which measures gas in the air. Because of the amount of gas released a decision was made to evacuate the area.
Gas workers had blocked the leak by 10:30pm.
It’s one of two major gas leaks in the town last night.
The second took place at Hammond Road. Fire crews were called to the Elms Farm Industrial estate at around 9:50pm to reports that a lorry had damaged a gas main.
A 500 metre exclusion zone was set up while the area was made safe.