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Car crashes into pole. causes power and gas outages

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DENVER -- Fire officials evacuated several businesses and homes around East 49th Avenue and Monaco Street after a car crash caused a natural gas leak Dec. 16.

Commerce City spokeswoman Michelle Halstead said the gas has been turned off.

Commerce City Police Cmdr. Dennis Moon said a car struck a power pole and a natural gas line near 48th Avenue and Monaco Street around 9 a.m., which caused a disruption in both power and natural gas in the area. The driver of a westbound maroon Chevy Impala crossed the center line and collided with a Subaru Outback. Afterwards, Moon said the Impala rolled into the power pole and struck a natural gas line.

Ambulances took both drivers to area hospitals. Moon said their names and conditions were not known at midafternoon Monday. Investigators aren't sure if drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

"Based on information provided by witnesses and the severity of damage, the speed of the Impala appears to have contributed to the cause of the accident," Moon's statement read.

Power and natural gas is out in an area from Sand Creek Drive to 48th Avenue and from Ivy to Quebec streets. Moon said Excel crews are on the scene but don't know when the repairs will be complete.