Gas leak forces evacuation of Taunton intersection

SE Mass

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Several businesses were forced to evacuate after a gas leak Thursday morning.

Taunton police were on scene around 8:30 a.m. for a gas leak in the area of Hart’s Four Corners.

The plaza at the intersection was evacuated, and the surrounding streets were blocked off.

“A gas main has been struck during construction at Hart’s Four Corners,” Taunton police posted to their Twitter page. “The plaza has been evacuated and the intersection is being closed until the gas company renders it safe.”

Fire officials at the scene said some nearby businesses would remain closed for the rest of the day.

“We evacuated the businesses and gas to the buildings was shut down, so no risk, it was just more of a precaution,” said Taunton Fire Lieutenant Jonathan Nunes. 

The roads near the gas leak were closed, but have since reopened.

Chavonne Baldwin, communications manager for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said a construction crew working on the road likely hit the gas line.

She said about 600 customers were affected while the gas was shut off.

This is a developing story. Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest details.

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