Backhoe ruptures gas line in Sacramento construction zone

SACRAMENTO - A gas leak impacted traffic in the area of Center Parkway and Cosumnes River Boulevard Wednesday.

Sacramento firefighters and Pacific Gas and Electric workers were called to the scene around 10:10 a.m. after a worker operating a backhoe struck and ruptured a four-inch gas line inside the Light Rail construction zone.

Sacramento Fire Department Captain Martin Cordeiro praised the quick thinking of the worker for preventing any further disruptions or danger in the area.

"The operator of the backhoe did the right thing. Once they accidentally hit that line, they shut the backhoe off, they got off, they called 911 and here we are."

The area was quickly zoned off and police provided traffic control in the area.

"We have enough area cordoned off with law enforcement. We've minimized traffic. We've advised a few homeowners that are a little further downwind to just shelter in place," Cordeiro said. "We've had PG&E meter some of the areas and there's no high levels of natural gas."

Fire crews remained on scene for protection until PG&E crews stopped the leak at 12:20 p.m. Traffic control in the area was lifted shortly thereafter.

PG&E crews were scheduled to remain in the area through approximately 10 p.m. when all repairs were expected to be completed.

No PG&E customers were affected by the leak.


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