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No injuries in truck vs. building in Superior, people advised to avoid area

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UPDATE: A truck that smashed into a building in Superior has been removed from the scene. The damage has been boarded up.

According to authorities, the crash happened at 4010 E. 2nd Street around 5:25 p.m.

Superior Fire was first on the scene and noticed the truck had hit and damaged multiple natural gas meters.

Officials say natural gas was actively leaking into the building.  

Fire crews shut down East 2nd Street and evacuated a half-block area around the building.

Superior Water Light and Power personnel arrived on the scene, found the gas leak, and stopped the flow.

Fire crews ventilated the building and continued to monitor the air.
They eventually determined the gas levels were safe and reopened the closed streets.

One fire officials say it was an accident of chance.  

Battalion Chief Camron Vollbrecht with the Superior Fire Department says, "It's not really common. Most gas meters in the rear of buildings. It just so happens this one is on the side of the building."

Five people from the building have been displaced indefinitely. Fire crews helped them retrieve their belongings from the building.

The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries while no other injuries were reported.  

No word on what will become of the building.

It's still not clear what led to the driver hitting the building.

UPDATE: As of 7:15 p.m. crews were waiting for a tow truck to arrive to take the truck away.

Gas was shut off to the home as a precaution.

Residents of the building are not being let back inside tonight out of caution. They are being given temporary shelter.

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SUPERIOR, WI -- Superior law enforcement officials are asking people to avoid the area where a truck hit a home and caused a gas leak.

According to authorities, the crash happened near 4010 E. 2nd Street around 5:25 p.m.

According to 511.org, the utility emergency led to all north and southbound lanes on Highway 53 from 41st Ave to 39th Avenue to be closed down and traffic to be backed up.

Officials on scene say the gas company is on scene and they have located the gas line, which they are currently working to cut off.

As of 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, officials on scene are unsure when the issue will be resolved.

No one was injured.

No word on what led to the crash.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


SUPERIOR, WI -- A truck appears to have hit a Superior building in the same area that authorities are also responding to a utility emergency.

It's still unclear if the two incidents are connected.

According to 511.org, the utility emergency has led to all north and southbound lanes on Highway 53 from 41st Ave to 39th Ave to be closed down as of 5:25 p.m.

According to our reporter en route to the area, he could smell gas about a mile away.

Our reporter also added that traffic in the area of Highway 2 going east is at a standstill near 31st Ave E. and near Nemadji River. Westbound traffic on Highway 2 appears to be flowing.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Briggs LeSavage

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