Sarasota business damaged, gas line ruptured when driver goes up on sidewalk

The crash and cleanup shutdown the roadway for 90 minutes Sunday morning.
The crash and cleanup shutdown the roadway for 90 minutes Sunday morning.

SARASOTA, Fl. (WFLA) – A single-vehicle crash shutdown a portion of US 301 in Sarasota early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred just after 5:30 am near the intersection of Main St. in the city’s downtown district.

According to a Sarasota Police Department report the driver of the vehicle was not injured. His vehicle went up on a sidewalk, damaged a nearby business and struck a gas line.

A crew from Sarasota County Fire Rescue with assistance from the gas company repaired the broken line. No evacuations were needed and the roadway was re-opened just after 7 am.

The official cause of the crash is under investigation with charges pending against the driver.

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