Car crash damages gas line, prompts evacuations in White Center

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, a driver crashed into the side of the Beer Star building at 9801 16th Ave SW and damaged a gas line.

WHITE CENTER, Wash. — A gas leak in White Center forced some businesses to evacuate Friday evening. 

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), a driver crashed into the side of the Beer Star building at 9801 16th Ave SW and damaged a gas line.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened around 6 p.m. Friday.

Businesses in the area of SW 98th St. and 16th Ave SW had to evacuate due to the possibility of natural gas leaking in the area. 

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) said their crews responded to the scene to investigate. Shortly after 8 p.m., officials with PSE said the scene was secure and the four businesses that were impacted were able to return to their buildings. 

The gas is still turned off in that area due to the damage and the restoration is pending a city inspection, according to PSE.  

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