Gas line leak forces evacuation

August 17, 2010 12:51:40 PM PDT
North Houston residents in a three block radius had to leave their homes for a few hours after a construction accident. A subcontractor was working on what will be METRO's north line Tuesday morning on Fulton near Quitman when the accident happened. A METRO representative said the utility lines had been clearly marked. However, two side by side lines posed a problem for the subcontractor.

"During our utility relocation work a subcontractor accidentally hit a gas line," explained METRO spokesperson Margaret O'Brien-Molina.

Homes and businesses around Fulton and Quitman were evacuated. METRO sent a bus to allow residents to keep cool while CenterPoint worked on the gas line. The problem has now been fixed.