Crash Prompts Gas Leak, Evacuations

A crash on a Saline County highway damaged a gas line, prompting evacuations and a road closure.

According to Saline County Emergency Management, a vehicle accident Tuesday morning caused damage to a natural gas pipeline on E. Old Highway 40. Kansas Gas and the Salina Regional HazMat Team, a part of the Salina Fire Department, responded to the scene.

The road wasclosed at the Simpson and Old 40 intersection.

Residents within a 1-mile radius north and east of the area were encouraged to evacuate their homes as a precaution.