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Four Mesa homes evacuated after car slams into brick wall, hitting gas line

Mesa police said four homes near 40th Street and Broadway Road were evacuated as a precaution.

MESA, Ariz. — Four homes in Mesa were evacuated Wednesday for a possible gas leak after a two-vehicle crash sent one of the cars flying into a brick wall.

Video from the scene near 40th Street and Broadway Road showed the car in pieces after smashing through the wall, possibly rupturing a gas line.

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Mesa police said four homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

Police said at least one person was hurt but did not say the extent of their injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Deaths on Arizona roads

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade:

  • 2011: 825 deaths
  • 2012: 821 deaths
  • 2013: 844 deaths
  • 2014: 774 deaths
  • 2015: 895 deaths
  • 2016: 952 deaths
  • 2017: 1,000 deaths
  • 2018: 1,010 deaths
  • 2019: 982 deaths
  • 2020: 1,057 deaths

ADOT offers driving tips on its website to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestions include:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

 "Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511

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