Gas Leak Shuts Down Parts of Belt Highway, Forces Evacuations

Published 11/26 2013 08:26PM

Updated 11/27 2013 08:55AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A gas leak shut down parts of the Belt Highway Tuesday night.

The Belt Highway was shut down from Floral Ave. to Woodlawn Terr. because of a traffic accident.

Police say the car hit an eight inch gas line near the Belt Highway and Gene Field Road.

The gas leak forced nearby businesses and homes to evacuate.

Police and firefighters finished early Wednesday morning and the roadway has now been reopened, however, several gas companies are still on the scene.

No word yet on what caused the driver to hit the gas line.

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