Video: Needham Market High Street reopens after car collides with house and hits gas main

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak.

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak. - Credit: Archant

The High Street in Needham Market was closed for around two hours yesterday after a car collided with a house and hit a gas main early in the afternoon.

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak.

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak. - Credit: Archant

Police were called at 2.47pm to reports a Renault Clio had collided with a house.

The High Street, along with Barretts Lane, was closed while gas engineers attended the scene and the vehicle was recovered.

Three properties were evacuated following the collision.

An officer at the scene of the incident said a driver had appeared to lose control of her car.

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak.

The scene in Needham Market after a car stuck a house causing a gas leak. - Credit: Archant

He added: “The car came across and hit the wall which has hit a gas main. The driver had a negative breath test and was not taken to hospital.

“The gas was made safe, and a full repair will be made in due course.”

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Chris Hyde, the landlord of the property, said: “It’s upsetting as it’s just before Christmas. Hopefully we can get the tenant sorted out. The building has just been redecorated.”

A homeowner nearby said: “I heard a big bang, and then all of a sudden there were all sorts of police and the like.” A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said they helped free the driver from the car.

A National Grid spokesman said engineers had isolated the gas supply to stop the leak. Gas entered three nearby properties.

“These were evacuated and vented to remove any gas,” he added.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Suffolk police on 101.