San Marcos police officer crashes into gas main, building after having medical issue, officials say

SMPD building evacuated temporarily due to gas leak concerns, officials say


SAN MARCOS, Texas – A San Marcos police officer was hospitalized after suffering a medical issue and crashing into a natural gas main and a nearby manufacturing building, officials said.

The crash happened around 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday in the San Marcos Police Department employee entrance driveway, which runs between the SMPD headquarters building and Thermon Manufacturing.

The crash led to the evacuation of the San Marcos Police Department due to concerns of a gas leak. The manufacturing building the officer crashed into was closed at the time.

“Officers in and around the police department observed the wreckage and found the injured officer inside her vehicle,” said Interim Police Chief Bob Klett. “They were able to extract her from the vehicle and move her to a safe location away from the leaking gas. We’re very thankful that the incident and the injuries were minor.”

Officials said the San Marcos Fire Department and Centerpoint Energy responded to the gas leak and stopped it quickly.

The officer was taken to Seton Hays in Kyle with minor injuries.

Officials say 911 calls were routed to the Hays County Sheriff's Office dispatch temporarily until operations were back to normal at the police department building Tuesday night.

UPDATE 10:55 P.M.: Operations are back to normal at the SMPD building and Centerpoint Gas is handling the repairs. ...

Posted by San Marcos Police Department on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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