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Hummelstown man charged with DUI for crash into gas valve

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HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

An 18-year-old Hummelstown man has been charged in a crash that severed a natural gas valve and caused the evacuation of several hundred Derry Township residents earlier this summer.

Toxicology tests indicated that Manuel Leader was under the influence of an inhalant when he crashed into the gas distribution valve at the intersection of Wood and Waltonville roads, township police said Wednesday.

Leader was charged with DUI, illegal use of solvents or inhalants, illegal possession of solvents and inhalants, and duties at stop signs, police said.

Nearly 700 people were evacuated from their homes for about three hours after Leader crashed into a natural gas utility station at the intersection during the early morning of July 11.

The leaked gas filled nearby homes in several developments and brought approximately 20 volunteer fire departments to the scene.

 

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