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30 families evacuated following gas leak

Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury
15/12/2017 @ 15:32
Incident Number: 68671
In attendance: 1 x Corringham, 1 x Basildon


30 families were evacuated from their homes in East Tilbury after a gas main was hit by a vehicle, causing a gas leak.

Princess Margaret Road was temporarily closed, with residents in approximately eight houses on each side of the road evacuated as a precaution while the gas board carried out emergency repair works.

A rest centre for the families was briefly set up at the nearby Gateway Academy, before the gas board completed repairs at around 6.30pm and allowed residents to return to their properties.

East Tilbury train station was unaffected by the evacuation, with the cordon extending from the area between a nearby public house and ending well before the railway crossing.

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