Homes evacuated after propane truck crash, fire

SPRING GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) — A propane truck overturned and burst into flames Wednesday morning, forcing people out of about 20 homes in York County.

The crash happened around 8:25 a.m. as the truck driver was rounding a downhill curve and struck a guardrail. The truck then rolled into a wooded area near the intersection of South Lake and Jackson Square roads in Jackson Township.

(Credit: Northern York County Regional Police Department)
(Credit: Northern York County Regional Police Department)

Police said the driver was taken to York Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Residents of about 20 homes in a quarter-mile radius were told to leave.

Officials said the truck was carrying 2,400 gallons of propane. They’re using water to keep the tank cool, but they’re allowing the gas to burn off until the tank is empty, which will take hours to complete.They said they could still be on the scene at 10 p.m.

Fighting the fire with water, they said, could create bigger problems.

“People come down this hill too fast,” neighbor Bill Riddle said. “They just don’t pay attention and this is what happens.”

South Lake Road is closed in the area.

The Red Cross has also established a comfort station at the Thomasville Fire Hall to provide warmth, food, and water to residents who have been evacuate.

This is a developing story. ABC27 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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