Crews repair ruptured gas line

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 05/27 2014 11:18AM

Updated 05/27 2014 05:24PM

Update: 4:50 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- It took Ameren crews most of the day to fix a broken gas main. It happened at the corner of Bradley and Oak.

Ameren says a construction company hit a high-pressure gas line. Things are quiet now, but earlier Tuesday, you could hear the gas spewing from the line blocks away. One firefighter said it sounded like an airplane getting ready to take off.

People living in the Oakwood Trace Apartments, right next to the leak, were evacuated. MTD provided a bus for people to sit in, but no one used it.

Crews checked gas levels at homes in the area to make sure things were safe, but they also paid close attention to Ameren workers. Workers were able to shut off the valve and make the repair.

Roads reopened about 4 pm. Amtrak delayed two trains because of the leak. They were rescheduled and left the station at about 2:30 pm.
Original: 11:28 am
CHAMPAIGN -- Part of Bradley Avenue was closed Tuesday while crews repaired a gas line break. It happened near Oak Street. Ameren says a construction crew hit a high pressure gas line. Ameren asks people to avoid the area while repairs are underway.

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