Vehicle strikes transformer, gas line

Vehicle strikes transformer, gas line

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Hazmat crews were called to a north Scottsdale strip mall early Monday morning after a driver crashed into a transformer and hit a gas line.

The area -- near 90th Street and Via Linda -- was shut down for hours causing a mess during rush hour traffic.

Drivers ran into a lot of problems trying to get onto the 101 southbound at Via Linda. The accident also caused a lot of headaches for those who work nearby

"I parked in a dead end street and locked the car and just started walking," says hair stylist Barbara Prince.

Prince got an early morning walk she wasn't expecting. She ended up walking nearly a mile to get to work because the parking lot and area around her barber shop at 90th and Via Linda was closed off. Traffic in the area was re-routed.

"It did create a lot of havoc for the customers, they were calling, how can I get in?'" says Prince.

Fire crews evacuated a three block radius after the driver of a car hit a transformer. The impact was so strong he knocked it right off its foundation.

The driver also hit a gas meter, sending natural gas into the air for hours.

"Our biggest concern is our gas, it's going up into the attic of one of the restaurants."

Hazmat crews say the strip mall where Prince works had high levels of it

"We got here in the morning, we were told we weren't allowed to come into the building until they cleared the leak," says Dona Jensen of Dona Kay Cafe.

Workers at the Dona Kay Cafe had to wait a couple hours to get inside. The restaurant also doubles as a catering business, and this is the busiest week of the year for them.

Crews worked for hours plugging the gas line and repairing all the damage.

There is no word on what caused the driver to crash in the first place. No one was injured in any of this.

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