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A vehicle struck a home on Seventh and Alice streets in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and several other people were rescued from inside of the home after the vehicle struck the home and sheared off the gas meter on impact, resulting in a leak.Oakland firefighters and PG&E responded to the scene. The home was red tagged by the city afterwards.

OAKLAND -- A minivan crashed into a home in the Chinatown district Wednesday afternoon, causing a gas leak that forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

The van crashed into the two-story home at the corner of Alice and 7th streets about 1:57 p.m., said Oakland police Lt. Henderson Jordan. The male driver, who police described as "disoriented," was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was in the car, and not other injuries were reported.

Police had not made any arrests Wednesday evening but said they still need to interview the driver.

Police didn't say how many people were inside the home, but they were not injured in the crash and were evacuated safely.

The van crashed into the front porch of the home and remained there until about 3:30 p.m. when a PG&E spokeswoman said the leak was capped and crews have made a temporary repair.

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