HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Around 60 people were forced from their homes this morning after a car crashed into an apartment building in Hampton and hit a gas meter.
According to Hampton Emergency dispatchers, the crash happened around 6:00 Sunday morning at the Coliseum Gardens Apartments at 137 Pine Chapel Road near the Hampton Convention Center.
Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum with the Hampton Fire Division tells WAVY.com the car crashed into the building and hit several gas meters causing a natural gas leak, which prompted an evacuation.
One person inside the apartment the car hit suffered minor injuries and medics treated them at the scene. Two people who were in the car were not injured.
Firefighters evacuated several apartment buildings due to the gas leak.
Crews from Dominion Power and Virginia Natural Gas responded to the scene to cut the power and secure the gas leak. The power outage affected at least one area hotel, according to a news release from the Hampton Fire Division.
Police blocked the roadways around the gas leak.
Battalion Chief Chittum says the 60 residents displaced by the crash were being sheltered at the convention center while crews can remove the car from the building and secure the gas line.
The residents have returned to their homes this afternoon according to Battalion Chief Chittum.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.