Road blocked after car hits gas main

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UPDATED 11.10AM: A fire service spokesperson says they have concluded operations at the site of the gas leak on Oceanbeach Road this morning.

He says they initally evacuated one person from the scene, before evacuating several properties in the immediate area.

Those residents have now been allowed back in their homes.

A police spokesperson says the leak was isolated at around 9.10am.

9.15AM:

A police spokesperson says some houses on Oceanbeach Road have been evacuated as a result of a gas main rupturing.

She says police received a report of a car hitting a fence at 7.40am this morning.

The gas main was ruptured as a result, and contractors have been advised and are en route to fix it.

A St John spokesperson says two patients have been taken to Tauranga Hospital, one in a moderate condition and one with minor injuries.

EARLIER:

Part of Oceanbeach Road is blocked this morning after a car reportedly hit a gas main.

The incident is believed to have happened at around 7.30am.

SunLive reporter at the scene says emergency services, including the fire service, are at the scene.

She says Oceanbeach Road is closed 'from the Omanu beach traffic lights along towards the Mount'.

SunLive will update this story once more information becomes available.



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