Wreck in NW Atlanta damages gas meter, closes businesses

The crash temporarily shut down Howell Mill Road and led to the evacuation of some buildings. A crash victim was taken to the hospital from the scene. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: John Spink

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The crash temporarily shut down Howell Mill Road and led to the evacuation of some buildings. A crash victim was taken to the hospital from the scene. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: John Spink

A busy road in northwest Atlanta was temporarily shut down and multiple businesses had to be evacuated after a single-car crash damaged a gas meter, officials said Friday.

The crash took place just before noon outside an Urgent and Primary Care location on Howell Mill Road at Beck Street, Atlanta Fire Rescue said in a tweet. A man was removed from the wrecked car and treated at the scene by Grady Emergency Medical Services, Atlanta police said.

The gas was turned off in the immediate area and the road reopened about 12:30 p.m. Nearby Collier Road was also reopened after being shut down in both directions.

The stretch of Howell Mill Road just off I-75 is a heavily traveled commercial area that typically sees a big lunch rush.

The Beck Street intersection is flanked by a gas station, Willy’s Mexicana Grill and Chick-fil-A.

No further information has been released about the circumstances of the wreck or the nature of the man’s injuries.

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