Residents of an Edgewood community have been asked to evacuate Wednesday after a vehicle crashed into a townhome and caused a gas leak.
The Harford County Sheriff's Department said that around 11:43 a.m. they responded to a call that a motorist struck a townhome on the 1900 block of Brookside Drive.
Upon arriving deputies found a non-responsive male in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer. The vehicle had struck and damaged the left front corner of the townhome. Deputies also observed the residential gas service line had been severed spewing natural gas into the surrounding area, the car's engine was still racing, and a fire had started beneath the vehicle. Deputies entered the car quickly rescuing the driver and moving him to safety. Back-up deputies then began evacuating residents from nearby homes.
Fire and EMS units from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded and secured the scene and treated Samuel O'Neill Dowling, 42, of the 1000 block of Waterside Court. Police believe Dowling suffered a medical emergency as he was leaving his home causing him to lose control of the vehicle. He was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment.
The occupant of the residence, whose identity has not been confirmed, was not home at the time of the crash.
Baltimore Gas Electric Company are at the scene attempting to shut of the gas.