UPDATE: SJ Gas Line Break Capped, Evacuations Lifted
By Candice Naranjo
Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 10:17am America/Los_Angeles
SAN JOSE — Hundreds of people were ordered to shelter in place in East San Jose Wednesday morning after crews working on a bus route for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, broke a gas pipe.
The residents near the site of the gas breach in the 300 block of South Capitol Avenue were ordered to stay in their homes for about an hour after the break was reported at 9:24 a.m., according to the San Jose Fire Department.
PG&E crews were able to cap the leak at 305 S. Capitol Ave. at 10:27 a.m. and the shelter-in-place order was canceled, fire officials said.
PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell said the utility received a report that a third-party construction worker had struck the underground three-inch pipe while digging into the ground at about 9:15 a.m.
The workers had not notified PG&E before proceeding with the project, Tell said.
VTA spokeswoman Colleen Valles said that a subcontractor of the transit agency’s main contractor hit the gas pipe while working on the VTA’s Santa Clara Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit project, a planned bus line linking Santa Clara to Alum Rock.
Traffic remains closed in the southbound lanes of South Capitol Avenue between Florence and Wilbur avenues while utility crews continue to work on the break, police said.
The site of the leak is across South Capitol from the VTA’s Alum Rock light-rail station.
The VTA closed its light-rail line from the nearby McKee station to Alum Rock and had passengers transfer to a bus line instead, transit officials said.
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