Authorities: Man fell asleep while driving, severed gas line - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Authorities: Man fell asleep while driving, severed gas line

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A gas leak shut down Big Oak Bay Rd. and Highway 64 near Lake Tyler for three hours Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said a man fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck, running off the road and into above-ground gas meters just after 3:30 P.M. on Sunday.

Chapel Hill Fire and Smith County Sheriff's deputies shut down the road until energy crews were able to cut off the gas just before 7 P.M.

The Department of Public Safety said the man driving the truck initially fled the scene, but later returned and filed an accident report with a DPS trooper.

Diane Mathis said neighbors first alerted her to the leak that happened right in front of her house.

"I could hear it spewing out," Mathis said. "It sounded like rushing water and you could smell a real strong smell of gas. My daughters had just got home from work and we went to Walmart and came back about an  hour later."

Trooper Jean Dark with DPS says no charges will be filed.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Honor Flight from Marion, IL to Washington, D.C.

    Honor Flight from Marion, IL to Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:41:17 GMT
    Veterans make their way to Washington D.C. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS)Veterans make their way to Washington D.C. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS)

    The 55 veterans are from the area around Marion, Illinois. This trip comes at no cost to the veterans. It is paid for by donations from corporate sponsors and private donors.

    The 55 veterans are from the area around Marion, Illinois. This trip comes at no cost to the veterans. It is paid for by donations from corporate sponsors and private donors.

  • First Alert: Skies to clear, nice evening

    First Alert: Skies to clear, nice evening

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:10:58 GMT
    Rain could be moving back into the Heartland tomorrow night. (Source: KFVS)Rain could be moving back into the Heartland tomorrow night. (Source: KFVS)
    Rain could be moving back into the Heartland tomorrow night. (Source: KFVS)Rain could be moving back into the Heartland tomorrow night. (Source: KFVS)

    Drier air is moving in. Chief Meteorologist Grant Dade says the skies will gradually start to clear, and this evening looks nice.?

    Drier air is moving in. Chief Meteorologist Grant Dade says the skies will gradually start to clear, and this evening looks nice.?

  • Shooting investigation underway in Sikeston, MO

    Shooting investigation underway in Sikeston, MO

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:06 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:06:02 GMT
    1 person was shot in Sikeston, MO (Source: Nicole Cartmell, KFVS)1 person was shot in Sikeston, MO (Source: Nicole Cartmell, KFVS)

    According to Sikeston DPS Assistant Chief Jim McMillen, one person was shot and taken to an area hospital on Tuesday evening, April 24 with serious injuries.

    According to Sikeston DPS Assistant Chief Jim McMillen, one person was shot and taken to an area hospital on Tuesday evening, April 24 with serious injuries.

Powered by Frankly