Crash into Big Lake trench narrowly avoids gas line that could've ended 'lives of all around'

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A medical emergency that led to a single-vehicle crash in Big Lake on Halloween could've been much worse, according to the Big Lake Fire Department. 

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when a driver of an SUV fell ill, then lost control of the SUV and crashed into a 25-foot-deep trench off of Hwy. 10 and County Road 14. 

"The car was wedged on top of metal pillars with the driver trapped inside," explained Big Lake Fire Department, then noting just how bad the situation could've become: "Below the car ran a 750 psi main gas line that if hit could rupture and end the lives of all around."

The department doesn't elaborate just how bad a pipeline rupture could've been, but in August 2019 a 30-inch steel pipeline transporting pressured natural gas exploded in Kentucky, with the blast leaving a crater in the ground and creating a fire that left one person dead, five injured and numerous homes destroyed by fire. 

Fortunately, the situation in Big Lake was resolved and vehicle was removed by heavy towing ropes from Bob's Towing and Collins Brothers Towing. The driver of the vehicle was taken to a hospital. 

"Good ending to a situation that could have been very bad," said Big Lake Fire Department. 

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