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Update at 15:50 -  Ashby Road incident Scunthorpe

24 June 2014

Update: gas leak now isolated, HFRS crews withdrawing from scene which is left in hands of National Grid. The cordon is being reduced, but still avoid the area if possible. Expect heavy traffic for next few hours.

HFRS was called 11:29hrs to attend an incident on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe.

It is believed work was being carried out on a gas main where a fractured pipe has caused an explosion, creating a gas cloud.

Male casualty rescued from the scene by crews and taken to hospital via air ambulance. The casualty is in hospital with a broken right femur, in a stable condition.

National Gas Network and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are working together to isolating the gas supply and make safe.

Premises in the area are being evacuated – this includes both residential and commercial. A 200m cordon around houses in the area is in place, residents are being evacuated to The Pods Leisure Centre.

A 400m traffic cordon is in place around area of Ashby Road. Drivers are urged to avoid the area completely. If journeys are essential, drivers are urged to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

Road closures in place include Rowland Road, Lloyds Avenue, the junction of Ashby Road and West Common Lane, the junction of Cottage Beck Road and Queensway.

Further updates will be given when more information becomes available.