UPDATE: Gas leak in Ashland stopped

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 12:25 p.m. CDT; updated 5:32 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — The gas leak at Main and Redbud streets in Ashland was stopped, according to a Joint Communications alert sent at about 11 a.m. No one was injured.

A natural gas main was broken Wednesday morning during construction work on the roads, said Price Nichols, public information officer with the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District.

The fire protection district received the first call about the leak at 9:34 a.m. Firefighters evacuated Southern Boone Middle School, businesses and homes within a 400-foot radius around the leak, Nichols said. 

Route M between Henry Clay Boulevard and Palis Nichols Road were closed for about 20 minutes until about 11:20 a.m., according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The leak was stopped and the last fire units left the area at about noon, Nichols said.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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