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Car crash caused gas leak that forced 150 people to evacuate homes overnight in West Seattle

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WEST SEATTLE -- Residents have been allowed back into their homes after a car crash caused a gas leak that forced several blocks of a West Seattle neighborhood to evacuate overnight.

Police and firefighters knocked on the doors of many neighbors telling them to leave for their own safety.

Gas was spilling into the air after a car crash early Friday morning in the area of SW Holden St & Highland Park Way SW.

Officials told Q13 News they evacuated neighbors because something could have ignited the gas and caused an explosion.

At least 150 people were put on Metro buses so they could stay warm.

Utility crews fixed the leak after about two hours and everyone was allowed to return to their homes.

Officials say the driver of the car was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. It's unclear what caused the driver to crash the car.

SW Holden St & Highland Park Way SW, Seattle, WA