Construction Crew Hits Gas Line in SJ

The broken pipe closed down at least four intersections.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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A construction crew ruptured a natural gas line in San Jose Tuesday.

Early reports said the pipe was three inches wide. This happened on the 3200 block of Zanker Road around 2:30 p.m.

Because it was a plastic gas line, about 400 workers at the construction site were told to leave the area. Crews told NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama that the pipe had been capped as of 4 p.m.

Both the San Jose police and fire department responded to the scene.

SJPD said it closed several streets around the pipe including:

  • Southbound Zanker Road at River Oaks Parkway
  • Northbound Zanker Road at Montague Expressway
  • Westbound Development Drive (Henry Ford II Drive) at Research Place
  • Eastbound Innovation Drive at N. First Street

Kiriyama said Zanker Road was also closed between River Oaks and Montague Expressway.

There is no estimated time as to when the roadways will be reopened. Police said that representatives from PG&E were on the scene working on the leak.

No PG&E customers were impacted.

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