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Driver hits gas valve behind Pier 500

Firefighter Frank Halvorson, kneeling next to the building, uses a wrench to shut off the natural gas to a valve behind the Pier 500 restaurant in downtown Hudson Thursday morning. The driver of the SUV partially shown overshot a parking space and hit the gas valve and restaurant building. Firefighters Jay Penfield, left, and Craig Smith also went on the call.

A motorist hit a natural gas valve while pulling into a parking space behind Pier 500 restaurant in downtown Hudson at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

The collision resulted in gas hissing from the valve for several minutes before the Hudson Fire Department arrived and closed the valve.

An Xcel Energy worker arrived shortly after the fire department and began repairing the valve.

The driver of the GMC Yukon SUV that hit the gas valve hasn't been identified yet.

There was also minor damage to the vehicle and the restaurant building, located at 500 First St.

The accident happened on the east side of the building, next to an alley that runs from Walnut to Locust streets.

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