Vehicle Crashes Into Storefront on West Chester Pike

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 15:02 hrs. Engine 37 and Medic 103-7 dispatched to 7103 West Chester Pike for an accident (video embedded below taken by UDPD) . Engine 37 arrived and observed an automobile against the front of a mixed use building ( apartment over a store ) with a strong odor of natural gas in the area, and a loud whistling sound from under the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the gas meter was torn from the pipes and under the vehicle. Squrt 36 was at Station 37 at the time of dispatch, and was added to the assignment by Engine 37 Command ( Baker ). Upper Darby 9 arrived on scene and called for Ladder 26 for manpower. Engine 37 was supplied by Squrt 36, who had a hydrant on Merion Ave. ( Engine 37 operator had hand laid to a hydrant on North Keystone Ave. , but the hydrant was bad and would not flow water.) Crews operated 2 hand lines in a fog mode to disperse the gas from entering the building, and checked adjoining properties for occupants, checked levels with multi-meters, and secured utilities. PECO arrived at the scene, and the technician was able to plug the leak temporarily. A local tow moved the vehicle from the leak area, and a full crew arrived and began to excavate the area to replace the broken pipe. All companies were restored and returned at approximately 16:40. Upper Darby 11 had Command ( D/C Johnson ).

photo by M. Osmon

photo by M. Osmon