Fire and Fortis BC crews responded after a vehicle hit a house on Beach Dr., damaging a natural gas metre on the house and causing a gas leak. Oak Bay police say five homes were evacuated.

Fire and Fortis BC crews responded after a vehicle hit a house on Beach Dr., damaging a natural gas metre on the house and causing a gas leak. Oak Bay police say five homes were evacuated.

A 24-year-old man has been ticketed for his role in a crash Thursday night that caused five Oak Bay homes to be evacuated because of a gas leak.

Oak Bay police say the single-vehicle crash happened after 8 p.m. in the 2000-block of Beach Drive.

Police say impairment is not considered a factor, but speed and road conditions are because of the wet pavement.

Authorities say a 24-year-old male driver tried to pass a vehicle and ended up losing control, going into the oncoming lane before jumping the curb.

Investigators said the vehicle hit a tree and went through a hedge before hitting a house including its gas metre.

Natural gas was allowed to escape following the collision and Oak Bay fire personnel were dispatched and evacuated neighbouring homes.

Fortis BC members came in to fix the system.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle both had minor injuries, which police determined were primarily from being pushed against the seatbelts they were wearing.

No one in the home was hurt and emergency responders cleared the scene just after 11 p.m. as all evacuated individuals were allowed to return to their homes.

The driver was issued a violation ticket for BC Motor Vehicle Act offences including driving with undue care and attention and failure to display a new driver sign.

The vehicle was not drivable and was towed.

It is not fully known how much damage there is to the house.

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