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Residents given all-clear after truck crashes into apartment

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Residents at an Evansville apartment complex are being allowed to return to their units following an accident and natural gas leak early Friday morning.
The Evansville Fire Department and Evansville Police Department responded to the crash around 4:30a.m.
EFD District Chief Tim Krack says roads were slick when a woman who was on her way to work lost control of her truck on Buena Vista near Vista Drive.  The truck went down a hill and hit the back of an apartment in the Buena Vista Apartments.
Krack tells 14 News the truck hit the apartment's gas meter, breaking its pipe and causing a natural gas leak.  Vectren was called to the scene and the gas was shut off.
According to Krack, about 12 apartment units were evacuated as a precaution after "explosive readings" were found in the apartment that was hit.
"While I was watching a movie, I heard like a loud banging noise, like really, really loud.  I looked out the window to see if I could see anything, but I couldn't. We came outside, and come to find out it was a car crash," recalled resident Jessica Boone, who was forced to stay outside with her young daughter while crews worked on scene.   
Around 5:40a.m., the truck was towed from the back of the apartment and the fire department began allowing residents back inside.
District Chief Krack says the truck's air bags deployed and the driver, who was wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries.  She was not taken to the hospital.  Krack says they were initially called for an "extrication", but the woman was out of the truck when they arrived.  A man at the scene told 14 News he arrived before first responders and checked on the driver. 
A woman inside the apartment was not hurt, but Krack says she can't stay there due to damage.
Krack says about a month ago another accident happened in almost the same location, with a vehicle hitting a tree outside the apartment. 
"I talked to the maintenance person here, and he's gonna talk to the property owner and maybe get with the City to see about extending the guardrail (on Buena Vista) that would be a help for future incidents," Krack said.
"It could have been a lot worse, yeah, because of where she hit at the electric meter is right next to where she hit also.  It was not damaged, but the line going to the electric meter was pushed in and the breaker panel was right on the opposite wall and it was damaged, so we could have had a gas or spark from electric at the same time."

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