Car hits Rhode Island polling place

Nov. 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A car accident that triggered a natural gas leak forced the temporary closing of a polling place in Rhode Island Tuesday, police said.

Police Chief Edward A. Mello of Westerly said the fire station at Dunn's Corners had to be closed for a short time after a car hit the station causing gas to leak, The Providence Journal reported.

Mello said the problem was fixed and voting was able to resume at 7:45 a.m. local time.

The name of the driver and the cause of the accident have not been revealed.

No other serious problems were reported Tuesday morning, said Robert Kando, the head of the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

"I heard a report of a pen not working," he said adding: "I'm not going to lose sleep over a pen not working."

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