Police are hunting a driver who crashed a car into a wall sparking a gas leak.
The emergency services have cordoned off Union Road in Ryde following the incident at 3am on Sunday night. Approx 20 home have been evacuated by Police whilst the area is made safe.
A spokesman for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police say they are concerned the driver who fled the scene may have suffered injuries in the crash. A hunt for the vehicle has been launched after leaving a trial of damage and oil behind it as it made off from the scene.
Residents from nearby homes were evacuated as firefighters worked to stem the leak before National Grid engineers arrived.
Residents have been allowed to return to their properties with the leak having been made safe.