A DRIVER had a lucky escape when he smashed his car into a gas tank this morning.
The motorist was driving through Forestside, just north of Rowlands Castle, at 1am when he lost control.
He collided with a 1,400ltr liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) gas canister.
The force of the impact knocked the tank off its base, rupturing it.
However, the driver escaped unharmed, a fire service spokesman said.
A crew from Havant fire station rushed to the scene and sealed off the road for two hours.
A specialist engineering crew was called to repair the damaged tanker, which supplies gas to the homes nearby.
Firefighters were stood down at about 3am.