Construction accident closes road |

Construction accident closes road

A backhoe that severed a gas line forced the closure of Elks Point Road for nearly two hours Tuesday morning.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District responded to the incident at about 10 a.m. and found gas leaking from a line adjacent to Our Lady of Tahoe Church in Round Hill.

Construction in the area, contracted by Trends West, has been ongoing, with the building of new roads, gutters and sidewalks.

“It appears as though a backhoe operator accidentally caught the side of a gas line, causing the leak,” said Tahoe Douglas Capt. Scott Stice. “We closed the road and secured the area until Southwest Gas secured the leak.”

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Traffic was diverted around the area as Southwest Gas worked to stop the leak. The road was reopened around noon.

Stice said the line break could have been worse.

“Any time you have a natural gas leak it poses hazards,” Stice said. “We monitored the situation carefully and afterwards made sure there was no problem with the leaking gas.”

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