Single-Car Accident Takes Out Gas Line Outside Arden Fair Mall Parking Lot, Impacts Traffic

ARDEN -- A car crash Wednesday morning on Arden Way caused a massive gas leak.

Several businesses were forced to open late, including the Arden Fair Mall.

A loud hissing sound could be heard blocks away from where a silver sedan crashed into Pacific Gas and Electric equipment just before 7 a.m.

"Upon arrival, crews found a person that needed to be extricated from the vehicle with some injuries. They removed that person," said Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade. "That person was transported to a local area trauma hospital. They are in stable condition at this time."

For several hours Arden Way was closed down in both directions and that meant customers could not get to the mall. The mall was one of around 120 customers affected by the gas leak.

It is not an easy process for PG&E to fix a leak.

"PG&E does their best to move as fast as they can to isolate these types of leaks and get service back to the businesses that are affected," Wade told FOX40.

One of those businesses affected was a Shell station across the street from the mall, not because it affected owner Balbir Dhillon's gas station but it prevented customers from getting to his pumps.

"It was closed for two hours to locate the control valve," Dhillon said.

Three hours later, roads were back open but PG&E was still at work. The utility company expects repairs to be completed later Wednesday night. Representatives have also been restoring service and relighting pilot lights for customers and will continue doing so Thursday.

Dhillon said this wasn't the first time he’s seen an accident at the intersection. In fact, a few weeks ago a driver came crashing through his sign. It was barely being held together by string Wednesday.

The cause of the early morning crash is still under investigation.

As for Arden Fair Mall, marketing manager Nathan Spradlin gave a statement to FOX40 news saying retailers should be open Wednesday but restaurants could have issues:

"Tenants who rely on gas for cooking may be open at a later time today. We encourage guests to contact retailers directly to confirm their specific hours of operations today."

PG&E says if you happen to have a gas leak in your neighborhood, you should contact police and PG&E as soon as possible.

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