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Driver hits propane tank, suffers minor injuries

A driver suffered minor injuries after her car struck a 250-gallon propane tank and sent it rolling toward a house near Retrac Way in south Nevada County Thursday night.

At about 11:15 p.m., 18-year-old Vanessa Butyrin missed a curve on Creek View Drive, according to the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. Her 1992 Saturn sedan struck a rock outcropping, went airborne, and landed on the tank.

The tank rolled 60 feet down a steep embankment and rested a few feet from the house at 11647 Creek View, where the residents were sleeping, said Consolidated Chief Tim Fike. The tank leaked, and crews spent the next few hours spraying wide fans of water to help dissipate the gas. A Suburban Propane worker was called in to shut off the valve, but the knob broke because of the impact.



The residents, whose names weren’t available, were evacuated.

Butyrin, a south county resident whose car was found teetering on top of the embankment, went by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, according to Fike. A supervising nurse said she was treated and released. Along with Consolidated, Higgins Area Fire Protection District also responded.





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