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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 12:00 am

Emergency officials rerouted traffic around the Acoma and McCulloch boulevards intersection Thursday morning as they secured a propane leak at a gas station and then worked a vehicle collision one block away.

The Lake Havasu City Police Department received a call about the propane leak at the Chevron gas station on the corner of the intersection at 10:28 a.m.

Lake Havasu City Battalion Chief James Whitt said an AmeriGas employee was filling a newly installed propane tank when a valve broke causing a leak. The gas station was evacuated, he said.

Police closed immediate portions of Acoma and McCulloch boulevards for an hour and 15 minutes while officials cleared the scene. There were no injuries or explosions.

A message left with AmeriGas’s corporate office was not returned Thursday.

While the fire crew secured the leak, a black 2010 Ford F150 truck allegedly ran a stop sign, one block away at Acoma Boulevard and Swanson Avenue and collided with a Toyota sending its driver to the local hospital, according to Police Sgt. Keith Huskisson.

Michael Forsgren, 66, of Perry, Utah, was driving the truck on South Acoma Boulevard, when he failed to stop at the stop sign, Huskisson said.

The truck “t-boned” a silver 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by 71-year-old David Bardin of Lake Havasu City. Bardin was in the intersection heading east, or uphill, on Swanson Avenue; Forsgren was heading south, or away from the McCulloch intersection, on Acoma Boulevard.

Fire crews worked for several minutes extricating Bardin from the vehicle and transported him by ambulance to Havasu Regional Medical Center with complaints of hip pain, according to a fire official. There were no passengers in the Toyota.

Neither Forsgren, nor his only passenger, Susan Forsgren, received medical treatment on scene, according to a fire official.

Forsgren was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, Huskisson said, adding the driver was believed to be unimpaired.

You may contact the reporter at jleatherman@havasunews.com

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