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Hole drilled into Athens gas line; Lindsay Lane closed for 2 hours

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A telephone company contractor bored into a gas line Wednesday, raising the asphalt on Lindsay Lane six inches and causing a leak that shut down part of the road for more than two hours.

Athens Gas Department Manager Steve Carter said the contractor hit a 4-inch main south of U.S. 72 that runs under Lindsay Lane and serves as the single service line to Canebrake and the Indian Trace area.

The leak occurred about 11:15 a.m. The line had 60 to 70 pounds of pressure.

The department evacuated 10 to 12 people from nearby businesses, such as Regency Antique Mall, and Athens police closed that southern portion of Lindsay Lane.

Officer Doug Duren routed motorists from Lindsay Lane to Pike Road back to U.S. 72.

He had to tell some drivers headed to their homes that they would have to find somewhere else to stay because their homes were in the restricted area.

I know some people got frustrated and were inconvenienced, but we have to think of their safety, Carter said.

Workers were able to shut off the valve and repair the line. Police reopened the road at 1:40 p.m.

Carter said his department will investigate the accident.

He said the contractor called ahead to get locations of the gas line.

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