Car crash into Duluth apartment complex causes gas leak

The vehicle occupants had left the scene on foot by the time Duluth police arrived.

A Duluth police officer examines a car that hit the Tri-Tower building, breaking a gas line (right) and forcing an evacuation of the high rise. (Steve Kuchera /

Early Wednesday afternoon a vehicle crashed into Tri-Towers Apartments in downtown Duluth, hitting the gas meter and causing a gas leak.

The Duluth Fire Department was called to the scene, at 22 N. Second Ave. E., at approximately 1:09 p.m. and evacuated the building, said city of Duluth Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele. The evacuation lasted about 30 minutes, during which Comfort Systems turned off the gas.

Residents have since safely returned to their building and there were no injuries due to the gas leak.

The city could not confirm Wednesday afternoon whether the gas had been turned back on. The collision was a single-vehicle crash. When the Duluth Police Department responded to the scene around 1:04 p.m. the two vehicle occupants had fled on foot.

This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16 with additional information from the Duluth Police Department. It was originally posted at 3:05 p.m. Dec. 16.

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