UPDATED: Emergency services attend gas leak

Scene of the ruptured gas main on Westfields, Buckingham
Scene of the ruptured gas main on Westfields, Buckingham

Police and gas engineers are at the scene of a gas leak on a residential estate.

A piece of equipment that helps regulate the pressure of the gas network was ruptured after a car collided with it this morning.

Gas company SGN confirmed they were called at 10.10am this morning to reports of a smell of gas on Westfields, Buckingham, and currently have a team on site.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We were called just after 10am to a report of a car being involved in a collision with a gas main in Westfields, Buckingham.

“Officers are on the scene.

“A woman driving the car was not injured, however gas was coming from the main.

“Gas company workers are on the scene and it is believed to be a minor leak which has now been stopped, however they are dealing with this.

“The road is currently closed and the car has been recovered.”

An SGN spokesman said damage was to a nearby secondary piece of equipment that helps regulate the pressure of the gas network, not the gas main itself.

Bucks Fire and Rescue Services were informed but did not need to attend.

Kerry Fox, who posted this picture on our Facebook page this morning, commented: “Gas pouring out of the ground. Would this happen if they gritted the roads?”