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Car Hits House, Ruptures Gas Line in New Brunswick

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — An early-morning car crash on Saturday fractured a gas line and damaged a house, which city officials have since deemed uninhabitable, according to police.

The collision occurred at 6:50 a.m. March 18 on French Street, New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller said in a press release. A vehicle traveling north on the road allegedly “lost control” and struck a house at 232 French St., he said.

Javier Cortes-Ortiz, a 22-year-old New Brunswick resident, was allegedly driving the car when the crash took place. Two other men were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, according to police.

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The crash ruptured the gas line that feeds the house, requiring workers from Public Service Enterprise Group, better known as PSE&G, to repair the infrastructure.

The collision also caused “structural damage” to the house. It remains uninhabitable until “further examinations” are completed, according to police.

The three men in the car sustained “various degrees” of non-life-threatening injuries, Miller said. They were treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Anyone with information should contact Edward Bobadilla of New Brunswick police’s traffic safety and enforcement unit at 732-745-5005.

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