Crash causes gas leak on west side

A car crash Sunday morning at a west side intersection caused a natural gas leak, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters were called at 10:35 a.m. to the intersection of Watts Road and Struck Street on a report of a car crash and the odor of natural gas.

There were no injuries in the single-vehicle crash, but the driver reported running over a small tree, a natural gas pressure monitoring station and a pressurized gas pipe and then into an Alliant Energy transformer box that services the surrounding commercial district. The car was still on top of the broken gas pipe and still in contact with the transformer while natural gas continued to leak.

Firefighters said they established a “safe zone,” closing off traffic at the intersection.

MGE, Alliant Energy and city engineers were called in to assist as firefighters contacted nearby businesses to monitor the area for unsafe conditions.

Firefighters helped MGE staff cap the broken pipe underneath the vehicle.