MADISON, Wis. - Officials said no one was injured in when a car struck an apartment complex on Madison's near west side Wednesday morning.
Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said the residents living in the apartment building are safe and the woman driving the car and her passenger, a 7-year-old girl, are OK after the car struck the building at about 10 a.m. causing the building's gas to leak.
The driver was headed south on Fish Hatchery Road when the car left the roadway and struck the building, Galvez said. The car hit a traffic light at the intersection of Park and Badger before hitting the apartment complex.
The fire department said the building's gas meter was stuck in the car's hood after the impact, and gas began leaking outside. Galvez said the odor of gas was strong in the immediate area.
"With that gas line severed, (we were concerned) anything could have ignited that," Galvez said. "You could smell it just walking up."
Authorities closed West Badger Road from Fish Hatchery Road to Catalpa Road briefly after the crash due to the potential hazards connected with gas leaking.
Galvez said a fire engine was just down the street conducting testing, so crews were able to respond quickly.
Madison Gas and Electric checked out the building before letting people back inside around 11 a.m. Galvez said gas was still shut off to the building at 11:50 a.m., but utility workers were installing a new meter and would restore gas to the building once finished.
The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene.
The cause of the accident was still under investigation Wednesday.
Madison Metro assisted by providing a bus for evacuated residents to stay in to keep warm due the extreme cold.
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