Crash into gas main next to restaurant causes leak

A car slammed into a gas main next to a restaurant in Half Moon Bay Monday afternoon, causing a gas leak and the evacuation of the business, according to a San Mateo County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

An elderly couple was headed to Barbara’s Fishtrap located at 281 Capistrano Road when their car veered off of the road and struck a gas line in some bushes adjacent to the eatery, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

The couple was uninjured but the crash caused the gas line to rupture and prompted the evacuation of the restaurant, Rosenblatt said.

Neighboring residents and businesses were advised to shelter in place as a precaution as utility crews responded to the leak.

The gas line was capped at 3:23 p.m. and utility crews remained on scene into the evening to repair the ruptured main, according to PG&E spokesman Jason King.

Rosenblatt said traffic in the area would likely be affected while the repairs are being completed.

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