1 dead when car hits gas line in Summertown

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- One person is dead after a car crashed into a natural gas line in Summertown.

According to WSMV-TV, flames rose as high as 30 feet after the crash at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities evacuated about 100 people in a three-mile area around the flaming gas line.

Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Baxter said a utility crew shut down the line, but rescuers had to let the residual gas burn off before they could get to the vehicle.

The identity of the driver wasn't immediately known and authorities said the intensity of the fire destroyed much evidence. It wasn't clear how the vehicle was driven through a chain link fence into the restricted area where it struck the pipe.

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