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Crash, gas leak cancel Masses at Arlington Hts. church

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  • NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.

       NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.
    Melissa Silverberg | Staff Photographer

  • NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.

       NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.
    Melissa Silverberg | Staff Photographer

  • NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.

       NICOR employees work to fix a gas meter that was hit by a car at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights Sunday morning. The accident caused the cancellation of Sunday services.
    Melissa Silverberg | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Masses at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights were canceled Sunday after a vehicle struck the church, causing a gas leak that forced responders to cordon off the area while making repairs.

Arlington Heights police said the crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and crews remained on the scene at 434 W. Park Street until about 11 a.m.

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A driver was attempting to park and accidentally stepped on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to go onto the sidewalk and grass before hitting a gas line and meter, as well as the building, said Arlington Heights police Sgt. Tom Boggs.

No citations were issued and no one was injured in the crash, Boggs said. The vehicle was towed and the village inspector came out to examine the scene.

Damage to the building was minimal, including a broken window, but police estimated costs at more than $1,500, Boggs said.

NICOR quickly shut off the gas to the building, but was still on the scene Sunday afternoon fixing the gas meter.

Officials from the church were not available for comment on Sunday.

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