By The Canadian Press
Ten homes were evacuated in a small community northeast of Winnipeg after a pickup truck crashed into a natural gas distribution station.
Manitoba Hydro says the collision occurred Thursday night around 9:30 p.m. in Tyndall and some 250 customers lost gas service.
Homes in the immediate area were evacuated and a local school has been closed for the day.
Manitoba Hydro spokesman Scott Powell says electrical service in the vicinity was shut off for a few hours as well because there was a transformer on a pole near the gas rupture.
The Rural Municipality of Brokenhead advised people who were forced out that they could return home.
Powell says natural gas service was expected to be restored by Friday afternoon.
“We had a truck crash into a natural gas — we call them a gate station, it’s like a little substation for natural gas,” Powell said.
“Gas was howling out of that damaged pipe … so we shut the gas down in that area.”
Did you witness a collision last night around 9pm in Tyndall on Rd. 35E? Pick-up truck hit a shed housing a natural gas distribution centre & caused a significant gas leak. Vehicle was found abandoned & owner later reported truck as stolen. Info? Call #rcmpmb at 204-268-2612 pic.twitter.com/Ti9MCk9Wqg
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) November 8, 2019