Lancaster college evacuated after crash damages gas pipe

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On Friday, February 28, about 9am, a Vauxhall Astra collided with a parked Audi A1 on the grounds of Lancaster & Morecambe College, on Morecambe Road, Lancaster.

It then struck the mains gas supply to the college causing extensive damage to both the Astra and gas mains.

The mains pipe was not ruptured but did result in the college’s safety alarms being raised and the college being evacuated.

Two Fire and rescue units attended as a precaution, along with an ambulance who later treated the driver of the Astra for shock and whiplash injuries. The driver of the Audi was unhurt.

Gas Utilities attended the scene and dealt with the damaged gas supply pipe. It is understood the college closed shortly after the incident.

Shaun Canning, of Lancaster Road Policing Unit, said: “It was extremely fortunate that the large gas mains pipe was not ruptured but remained intact considering the impact from the Astra.”