MATLOCK: Homes evacuated amid gas leak after van crashes into collapsed road in flooding

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.

Homes were evacuated in Matlock late last night after flooding caused a van to fall into a collapsed road – sparking a gas leak.

Firefighters were called to reports of flooding in the basement of Derbyshire County Council’s headquarters on Smedley Street at about 10.30pm.

The flooding led to part of Wellington Street collapsing and this caused a van to crash through a hole in the road and into a gas pipe, triggering the leak.

Scores of families in Wellington Street, Smith Road and Smedley Street had to leave their homes.

The gas board was alerted and the leak has been fixed.

Firefighters helped pump away the flood water, while a crane was called to pull the van out of the hole in the road.

Repairs are due to continue this morning.

Keep checking back for updates.