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Lloydminster man faces multiple charges over gas leak incident

The police have charged the man who caused the gas leak over the weekend.

The leak took place after 10:45 p.m. on Saturday night in Lloydminster, and led to the evacuation of two shopping complexes while emergency services dealt with the incident.

A gas line had been severely damaged at the back of Vern’s Pizza, after being struck by a vehicle that had been driven into the building.

A passing police officer saw the strike, and both the Southridge Plaza and the plaza holding the Lloydminster Co-op Marketplace were evacuated as emergency services contained the area.

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Several intersections were also closed, including the intersections of Highway 17 with 36 Street and 40 Street.

The leak was shut down by an ATCO worker around 11:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported from the incident. The male driver was taken into custody by police the night of the incident.

A 26 year old male resident of Lloydminster, was charged with one count of careless driving, and one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, after leaving the collision area.

He will be attending court on the Alberta side of Lloydminster to deal with the matter.

Note: An earlier version of this story contained the name of the man charged in the wake of the incident. We have removed the name from the story, at the request of the man’s family, due to extenuating circumstances.

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