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Truck driver in Elgin natural gas leak charged

Posted: July 15, 2014 3:24 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2014 3:23 p.m.

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) recently found and charged the truck driver responsible for causing a gas leak in downtown Elgin July 1.

The EPD is charging Roland McPhail, a driver with J. Grady Randolph Inc., with hit and run property damage for running over a natural gas line on Pine Street. During the July 1 incident, McPhail allegedly drove an 18-wheel flatbed truck into a no-through truck route when he ran over the gas line, and left the scene. Later, McPhail told officers he thought he had just run over a stop sign or else he would have stopped.

According to Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, witnesses to the incident said that McPhail had to back the truck off of the gas lines to go forward after running over them. The incident resulted in a 400-foot area of Elgin’s Main Street being shut down. Law enforcement re-routed traffic during the morning hours while the gas valves were shut off.

Brown and EPD officers were able to track McPhail down by contacting companies that had deliveries in the direction that the truck was reported to be traveling. Officers also used witness descriptions of the truck to help identify it. Estimates for the damage were estimated to be approximately $10,000 by SCE&G. Brown said that total does not yet reflect the cost of the manpower used to get the situation under control.


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