York Rd. near Towson Town Center was closed to traffic after a reported gas leak, caused by a car swerving into a high-pressure gas line at Avalon Bay.
Baltimore County emergency crews temporarily evacuated the area around the Towson Town Center after a vehicle struck a high-pressure natural gas line near Macy’s Sunday.
Emily Brophy, the senior general manager of the Towson Town Center, said Monday the mall itself was never actually evacuated. One parking garage was temporarily closed, and access to that garage from the mall was blocked. But no customers were asked to leave, and even the Macy’s, adjacent to the garage that was temporarily closed, remained open, Brophy said.
County fire officials confirmed a vehicle crashed into a high-rise building that was under construction at 2 E. Joppa Road around 11:30 a.m., striking the gas line in the process. One person was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, fire officials said.
Baltimore County emergency vehicles blocked off a section of York Road between the mall and Dulaney Plaza, a nearby shopping center. Baltimore Gas & Electric crews secured the gas by about 1 p.m.
Authorities said a white Volkswagen sedan traveling north on York Road struck a gas line at Avalon Bay, a building under construction just north of the Towson traffic circle. Parking was restricted for a while in part of the mall parking garage next to Avalon Bay. By 1:30 p.m. southbound York Road was reopened and firefighters began clearing the scene.
Towson Town Center remained opened for business following the incident.