Car crash results in broken gas line

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 16:16 PM.

Norfolk-Southern was contacted to stop any train that may be nearing the area on the nearby railroad tracks to prevent any possible spark that could cause an explosion.

As of 6:30 p.m., Piedmont gas crews remained on scene and were making repairs. Authorities reported that the crew would remain on scene most of the night and that traffic had returned to normal.

The repair crews had initially stopped the leak shortly before 6 p.m., but too much pressure built up in the line. Crews then had to allow the gas to leak out to alleviate pressure.

5:55 p.m. update

Havelock police and fire expect U.S. 70 to be closed for at least another hour. Gas crews got the leak stopped, but too much pressure built up in the line. Crews then had to allow the gas to leak out to alleviate pressure. Crews working on reducing flow of gas through the main distribution line to be able to stop the leak. U.S. 70 is closed near the area of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes in western Havelock. Traffic being rerouted through service road in front of Walmart and the Walmart parking lot. All this started when a vehicle crashed, resulting in the ruptured gas line. Authorities are urging residents to avoid the area if they can. Traffic backed up to Stonebridge Square intersection for westbound lanes and to Carolina Pines for eastbound lanes.

5:45 p.m. update

A third gas crew from Piedmont Gas has arrived on scene to fix a ruptured line caused by a car crash in front of the Sound of Freedom Shoppes in Havelock. Fire and police are rerouting traffic off U.S. 70 to avoid the leak of the main distribution line. Westbound traffic on U.S. 70 is backed up to the Stonebridge Square intersection, while eastbound traffic is backed up to Carolina Pines. Authorities are urging residents to avoid the area if possible.



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