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Car crashes into Nanaimo kitchen

Homes were evacuated in north Nanaimo on the weekend after car crashed into a home and severed a gas line.

The incident happened when a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota Yaris collided at the intersection of Metral and Dunbar drives Saturday at about 3 p.m.

The Yaris crashed through a wooden fence, went over an embankment and into the side of a home on Lionel Crescent.

The car crashed through the home's kitchen wall, severing a gas line and narrowly missing a woman cooking in her kitchen.

Police and firefighters closed off the area and evacuated nearby homes until Fortis crews were able to turn off the gas.

The 79-year-old woman from Port Coquitlam driving the Yaris was taken to hospital for a leg injury.

Her female passenger, 50, the woman driving the Corolla, 34, and the woman in the home were uninjured.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the gas was shut off about 10 minutes after emergency crews arrived.

The crash is under investigation while police determine if charges or other actions are warranted against either of the drivers.

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