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Girl learning to drive crashes into home

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2008 4:38 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A 16-year-old girl who was learning to drive swerved into a Scottsdale residence early Saturday morning and ruptured a gas line, said Scottsdale authorities.

Police said at about 9:26 a.m. the teen lost control of the vehicle and drove into a residence in the 15000 block of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Authorities said the collision caused structural damage to the home and ruptured a gas line. No one was home at the time of the crash, police said.

The girl and her father, who was a passenger in the car, were not injured, said Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department.

Scottsdale firefighters and hazmat teams evacuated nearby residents while Southwest Gas tended to the gas leak.

The vehicle struck a wall, damaging piping that provided gas to the home and heating for the pool, said Southwest Gas spokeswoman Amy Washburn. Washburn said gas was only shut off at the home that was hit and service will not be restored to the home until the piping is fixed.

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