UPDATE: Struck gas line capped; Break forced temporary evacuation of Constitution Street businesses, KTSM staff sheltered in place


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Crews replacing damaged sewage lines in West El Paso struck a gas line on Constitution Street, forcing the evacuation of nearby businesses, and the staff here at KTSM 9 to shelter in place.

El Paso Fire Department crew members went door to door, urging the workers at several businesses along the street to evacuate shortly after 3 p.m. Businesses near the incident include several medical service and supply offices.

Texas Gas Company crews were dispatched to fix the rupture, and they capped the broken line shortly before 4 p.m.

EPWater officials tell KTSM that a contracted crews hit the gas line as they were continuing to repair the sewage lines, first damaged during the rain storms in August.

No injuries were reported.

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