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Fire crews told 13NEWS one community had to be evacuated after a large gas leak.  

Glenda Cross lives in the community right of Route 62 in Ripley.  She said she knew something bad was happening.  "Fire crews started showing up and they said, you know, there's been a natural gas leak.  You could hear it.  You could hear the whistle blowing," said Cross.  

Turned out, a car slammed into a natural gas meter after being rear ended by another vehicle.

One neighbor said gas was spewing from the well.

Cross said emergency crews were on the scene quickly, and immediately shut down Route 62 to drivers.   

Cross followed the advice of the fire crews and took her family out of the danger zone.  She said, "The trailer behind ours in on gas, so the lines would run underneath our trailer.  That way, if something did explode, I wouldn't have my grand babies in the trailer."

She said drivers need to slow down on the road.  "They need to take it a lot easier.  There are a lot of kids on this main road," said Cross.  

In the meantime, Mountaineer Gas employees assured us that area is safe and people can return to their homes.

The gas was shut off after the accident, and the road has been re-opened.  

No word yet on when the gas will be turned back on.

Stay with 13NEWS for the latest on this developing story.