Preliminary investigation revealed a red 1998 Ford sedan was traveling north bound on US 127 drove off the right side of the roadway striking an above ground gas line. . The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jesse Simpson, 24, of West Alexandria Ohio. Simpson was transported to Reed Hospital in Richmond, Indiana with minor injuries. The gas line was broken at the base causing gas to be released. The residence at 4527 US 127 Greenville Ohio was evacuated by deputies due to the gas line break. US 127 was closed due to the gas leak. Vectren Gas Company also responded to the scene to secure the broken gas line. US 127 between Hogpath road and US 36 west was closed for approximately 2 hours.
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.