CARPENDALE – “We got lucky, nobody got hurt and nothing caught fire,” said Ridgeley Police chief Jim Cummings as a backhoe struck a gas line in Carpendale Tuesday.

By Ronda Wertman


Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – “We got lucky, nobody got hurt and nothing caught fire,” said Ridgeley Police chief Jim Cummings as a backhoe struck a gas line in Carpendale Tuesday.
“It sounded like a jet going off,” he said when the contractor hit the line.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. and residents were notified they needed to evacuate. It was after 10 p.m. before residents were notified by Columbia Gas to return to their homes.
Cummings described the situation as organized chaos as at first officials were not letting anyone into the area and trying to get everyone out.
As the damage was evaluated, it was determined that residents living on Miller Road from the Kingsford Charcoal Plant to the Doris Marks Bridge, including those living on Cedar, Poplar, Maple and Elm streets, needed to evacuate.
Both the Holy Cross Church in Carpendale and the Community Center in Ridgeley were opened as shelters and those with medical needs were taken local hospitals or to family outside the community.