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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

A close call in Plainville

PLAINVILLE

Plainville’s downtown narrowly averted a large gas explosion when a pickup truck crashed into a bank yesterday, Fire Chief Theodore Joubert said.

The driver of the truck apparently had a seizure and pressed down on the gas pedal shortly after 2 p.m. His passenger, a woman, grabbed the wheel to avoid hitting the gas pumps at Cumberland Farms, and the
truck crashed through the wall of Foxboro Savings and Loan at 129 South Street.

The driver and passenger were taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Joubert said that when the truck caused the gas leak, it also damaged electrical and heating equipment. If that equipment hadn’t been damaged, it might have ignited an explosion, Joubert said. "We definitely dodged a serious bullet," he said.

The downtown area, including town offices and the senior center, was evacuated for about two hours.

–- Calvin Hennick

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