Ansonia police search for suspect after car strikes home, causes gas leak

Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 12:14 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2022 at 6:56 AM EST
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ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) - A driver fled on foot after the person crashed a car into a home in Ansonia Monday night.

According to fire officials, the driver struck a gas meter which caused a gas leak in the neighborhood.

Four homes were evacuated due to the leak.

“Crews set up a perimeter, we started evacuating some homes just for safety precautions. We notified Eversource and the gas company so they could respond,” said Alex Horjatschun, Ansonia’s first fire assistant chief.

Residents were able to go back to their homes after the fire department quickly controlled the leak. However, Eversource still had to dig to shut off the gas line.

According to officials, no one was living in the home the driver struck. Horjatschun said this situation could have been a lot worse.

“There is a lot of danger, there could be electrical sparks, something going on so it could cause the explosion. It’s a very volatile situation,” he said.

Neighbors said speeding has been a big issue on Smith Street. Police said they continue to look for the driver who fled.

Police asked anyone with information to give them a call.

A driver fled on foot after crashing a car into a home on Smith Street Monday night.