Broken gas line temporarily threatens neighborhood

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 ~ Updated 3:50 PM
Do you smell gas? -- The J & J Wrecking crew, under the careful observation of ESFD, gently lifted this Jeep Cherokee off a broken gas line (small bent tube near tire). Emergency responders capped it after it was run over and began leaking gas. Photo by C.D. White

Eureka Springs -- Twenty-year-old Stacy Willson was not having a good Monday. Earlier that morning a Pit Bull running loose had brutally mauled her Pomeranian, which died on the way to the vet; so she was already distracted. Now two cars were blocking her way when she needed to leave her apartment at 30 Nova.

The only way out was the lawn, so she took it. "I couldn't see over the hood onto the ground right in front of me because my Jeep is so high, but I felt a bump and heard some hissing and thought I had gotten a flat tire," Willson said.

Instead, a friend who happened to be standing in the street called to her saying she had run over a gas meter. He quickly called 911 and Stacy "bailed" as the smell of gas became stronger, spreading throughout the neighborhood.

Eureka Springs Fire and Emergency Services immediately dispatched fire trucks and ambulances to the scene as a precaution, while the Eureka Springs Police Department blocked off both ends of the street.

The Jeep was unfortunately wedged hard over a pipe and the gas meter was broken off, lying in the lawn. Still, EMS personnel were able to plug the flow of gas from the line that had been feeding the meter, but further repairs couldn't be made until the vehicle was moved.

A crew from J & J Wrecker Service carefully hoisted the Jeep into the air and swung it out of the way after removing most of the front bumper to free the pipe.

Arkansas Western Gas soon arrived at the scene but the service man said the damage was beyond his ability to repair and may have to involve a construction crew. He said any repairs would be at the expense of "the person driving the car."

EMS and police remained at the scene until it was determined safe.

A tearful Stacy told the Citizen her dog was viciously attacked by a brown brindle Pit Bull in the neighborhood, and she couldn't understand why the dog was loose.

Animal Control Officer Jim Evans investigated the animal attack on Tuesday and said he had written a "Canine at Large" citation for the owner and told him to "get rid of the dog or get it out of the city."

Evans is due at an inquest Friday for another Pit Bull attack case in which a Dachshund was severely wounded. "I need people to step up and testify that the offending dogs are vicious and put some teeth in the law so they can be declared 'visious' and something can be done," Evans said.

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  • If the owner of the Pit Bull had an ounce of gray matter and had acted responsibly, none of this would have happened. If they locate the dog's owner, I hope Ms. Willson sues their *** off! It just as easily could have been a child attacked.

    -- Posted by Nephilim Child on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 5:32 PM
  • I am so sorry Stacey for your loss. I bet I know which pit bull it was. This must not be tolerated. The dog must be euthanized because clearly, they are a menace to our society. the owner should be held responsible for all medical bills and damages.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:13 AM
  • Just curious as to why a 20 year old would have such a bumper sticker on her vehicle !

    -- Posted by Doodad on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:56 AM
  • Dear stacey, i don't even know if you will see this or not, but it breaks my heart to hear of your dog and what happen, i was wondering how it got ahold of your dog, was your dog out loose? The thing is with all this backwords lack of law and care for animals out here, and making laws against any dogs running loose in the street, as they could get run over or attack someone or another pet, is you can't let your animal run free anywhere out here until they make these changes. But i agree with what the other guy said, i would find out who owned that pitbull and sue the crap out of them, if for anything your greif and distress, i can't see a judge in the world that would ignore that claim!! If he did, he was not an animal lover. Hey i have the same problem over here, in Holiday Island, there is a pitbull on leatherwood Dr, and the owner could care less, and just lets the dogs run in the road, and it hangs out with a austrailian shepherd dog that has already been run over 3 times by cars, and yet the owner still lets them run loose, why do people like this own pets, if they are going to be so careless and neglectful to their saftey and well-being!! This just enrages me!! And i talk to people about it all the time out here. Something has got to change for the better. Write your congress in Ark about the lack of laws for animals in our county!!!!!

    And get everyone else to do it too. I am glad to hear at least the animal protrol wrote this guy up .

    -- Posted by animal angel on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 1:01 PM
  • Throughout the area, not just Eureka Springs there are a host of irresponsible dog owners. From Pit Bulls and their unjustified attacks, to barkers, to those who find other peoples yards an inviting area for playful destruction and bathroom activities. These dog owners when confronted become hostile, taking offense at the person with a complaint. Hey! Why do any of these morons think they have a right to ignore their dogs being a nuisance. Whether there is an ordnance or not,it their obligation as the owner, to insure their pet is contained and quiet. Even if it agitates just one person. It is becoming such a problem statewide, new and severe penalties throughout the state need to be accessed against the owners. Our elected officials need to be held accountable for this negligence of no ordnances and non enforcement where there are.

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 1:04 PM
  • Hillbilly justice? YOU BET! I have shot more than one dog attacking my livestock. Won't hesitate to do it again. Do I not love dogs? Of course I do. I have 3. Once a dog attacks live stock, children, or other dogs, it will not quit. I make them quit-forever. Wise up dog owners.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 7:37 PM
  • She should have run over the dog not the gas meter.

    -- Posted by RebelRooster on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 8:18 AM
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