Hit-and-run car crash causes propane leak in Hilo

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A propane gas leak caused by a hit-and-run car crash closed a portion of Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo for more than an hour Wednesday morning.

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A propane gas leak caused by a hit-and-run car crash closed a portion of Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo for more than an hour Wednesday morning.

According to the Police and Fire departments, a car hit a gas line just off the main road in Hilo’s Keaukaha area near Keaa Street. According to a written Fire Department statement, seven units responded to a 6:05 a.m. alarm to find the broken gas line, which services Ocean Front Kitchen restaurant.

The Fire Department said there were no injuries in the traffic collision.

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Traffic was detoured through Keaa and Silva streets. According to Civil Defense, traffic on Kalanianaole was reopened in both directions by 7:10 a.m.

Fire Battalion Chief Michael Hayashida said the leak was repaired and nearby businesses were allowed to open by 8 a.m.

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