Highway 30 is now open after an earlier crash closed all lanes at Bennett Road due to a vehicle crash that resulted in a natural gas line break.

NW Natural has made repairs to the line following the late afternoon incident Thursday.

Police Incident

The suspect in the police chase and crash has been taken into custody.

Prior to the crash, a St. Helens Police officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle reportedly involved in the crash. However, the driver fled the scene. St. Helens officers discontinued pursuit of the vehicle for safety reasons, according to a release from St. Helens Police.

The driver later crashed near Highway 30 and Bennett Road, causing the gas line to break.The suspect is in custody and there are currently no reported injuries, police stated in the release.

The suspected driver's identity and the charges against the driver had not been released by police at the time of this update.

The St. Helens Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, and NW Natural responded to the scene.

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