Homes are having their gas supply restored after a major van crash.
Seventy properties were left without gas for at least 30 hours after a white Citroen Berlingo panel van skidded on black ice and careered into a gas mains on Tuesday morning on Westfield Lane in Emley.
Northern Gas Network employees were in the process of switching supplies back on to properties with people at home and hoped to turn on the remaining supplies as soon as possible.
A team had to evacuate two homes after the accident, which left the van driver with minor injuries and provided heaters and fish and chips to others.
Jim Gallagher, Network Officer for Northern Gas Networks said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their patience and understanding while we worked to replace the gas governor and repair the damaged pipes.
“The welfare of our customers has been our priority throughout this incident.
“If we haven’t been able to gain access to your property to switch your gas supply back on, please call our Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 option 5 and we’ll arrange for an engineer to get you safely back on gas.”
Paula Kemp, Emley parish councillor, praised the work of the company and Thorncliffe Farm Shop, which became the hub for the gas workers.
“I want to praise Northern Gas for their work.
“They even offered one person to stay in a hotel overnight.
“They declined but then the workers bought them fish and chips around.
“The cafe provided hot meals and drinks to people too, it really helped the community.”
If you smell gas or suspect Carbon Monoxide call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999, which is open 24/7.