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CRASH UPDATE: Four hour wait for evacuated residents, say engineers
Gas engineers say evacuated residents and shop owners may be able to return to the evacuated Kirkby Lonsdale street by 9pm tonight.
The town's Main Street was cleared because of fears of a gas leak after a car crashed into a shop.
An 87-year-old man is being treated in hospital for minor injuries after the BMW X1 he was driving collided with the Pure Stone on Main Street.
Residents have been evacuated and police, fire and paramedics are currently at the scene after the accident at around 3pm this afternoon.
People are being asked to stay away from Main Street and local traffic diversions have been put in place.
A police spokeswoman said: "The gas board are in attendance and are dealing with the gas leak.
"People are asked to avoid the area to prevent congestion whilst remedial work is carried out on the road and the building as a result of the collision. It is estimated this could take up to four hours."
The driver who was injured was transported to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.