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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Workers Hit Gas Line on Old Road

Construction workers hit a gas pipeline on Westport’s Old Road today, causing police to evacuate nearby homes and stores and to shut down the road for almost an hour.

Fire units responded to the break in front of 23 Old Road and gas company repair crews were summoned after the 11:40 a.m. incident.

Fire Assistant Chief Christopher Ackley said upon arrival, firefighters found a 1-1/4-inch pipeline releasing high pressure gas into the area directly behind 1375 Post Road East.

“As a precaution, all adjacent businesses and residential structures were evacuated until the gas was shut off,” he said.

Police shut down the roadway at Post Road East where it connects to Old Road and well as the intersection with Maple Avenue North.

Residents were allowed back into the homes and customers and workers into the stores, including Anthropolgie and HayDay, shortly after the line was shut down at 12:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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Posted 04/28/04 at 02:46 PM  Permalink



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