Over 50 evacuated after car crashes through SLC building, causes gas leak

Salt Lake City firefighters at the scene of an early morning crash which led to a gas leak on State Street and forced evacuations for dozens of homes, June 11, 2021. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

(SALT LAKE CITY) – Some Salt Lake City residents were evacuated early Friday morning after a car crashed through a business and caused a gas leak.

Salt Lake City Police says, a man drove his car into the side of Glens Key Lock and Safe on State Street, causing some major damages just after midnight. Photo from the scene, shared by Salt Lake City Fire, show the vehicle through Glens, breaking the wall and causing the airbags to activate.

Salt Lake City firefighters at the scene of an early morning crash which led to a gas leak on State Street early Friday morning, June 11, 2021. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

While the man was treated and released on scene, police say he struck the natural gas line in the building, prompting 53 people across 39 homes to be evacuated.

Dominion Power is on scene. According to officials, crews have to dig up the street in four spots in order to do the needed repairs.

State Street is closed from 1300 S to 900 S. It is currently unclear when those evacuated will be able to return home.

Police say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.