B.G. fence work breaks a gas line, causes leak

Residents within half a mile notified to stay indoors

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Some Battle Ground residents were asked to confine themselves to their homes for about 40 minutes just after noon Saturday when someone digging a hole for a fence post hit a gas line and caused a leak.

The smell of gas could be detected for about 100 yards all around the leak at a residence at 1902 S.W. First Court, said Battle Ground Fire Battalion Chief Brett Graham. A reverse 9-1-1 system was used to call residents’ telephone land lines and ask them to remain in their homes. Homes within a half-mile radius of the leak were notified.

No one was injured during the repair of the leak by Northwest Natural.

Battle Ground firefighters were on the scene for about 40 minutes to protect workers in case of any ignitions.

Cyclist still critical after collision with car

A 47-year-old man remained in critical condition Saturday from life-threatening injuries he sustained when a vehicle struck him as he crossed Northeast Highway 99 on his bicycle late Friday in Hazel Dell.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Kurt Ludeman of Vancouver after his family had been notified.

Ludeman was crossing west on Northeast Highway 99 near the Northeast 102nd Street intersection at about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a 2001 Mazda MPV minivan driven by Jill Johnson, 47, of Vancouver.

Ludeman was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Alcohol and speeding do not appear to be factors in the collision, according to the sheriff’s office.

The case remains under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit.

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