Natural Gas Leak Forces Evacuation of Hurricane Middle, DOT Worker Injured

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 6:15 pm

HURRICANE, WVa. (WSAZ) --- A gas leak outside Hurricane Middle School forced the shut down and evacuation at 12:30, Thursday afternoon.

"Hello, this is an important message from Hurricane Middle School." That's the start of a text read by Kim Davis on her phone. She's a parent who got the alert. "I was a little worried there was a gas leak" Davis says, "but they told us in plenty of time to pick up my daughter."

Hurricane Middle School Principal Doug Cross, says the county has a plan in place for emergencies: and, it was just a matter of pulling the plug to get the operation rolling."

"I was able to sit down at my computer wthin a minute send out an email and a calling message." Cross says, "It went to those listed on the student's calling information. I'm very proud of my staff today."

Frontier Communications was securing a pole with new fiber wire for the library's broadband internet service. Manager Don page says a 4" natural gas pipe was knicked in the process.

Brent Walker with the WVDOT says a 17 year veteran with the DOT was injured helping to flag traffic on Route 34 at Alternate 34. The supervisor was hit by a car. He was taken to the hospital. As of 6:00, it was not known if he would stay the night for more observation.

UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 1:45 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews with Frontier Communications and Mountaineer Gas continue to work on a problem, that forced the shutdown & evacuation of Hurricane Middle School late Thursday morning.

"We were securing the pole in front of the school to supply broadband to the library," says Dan Page, a manager with Frontier. "That's when we knicked a 4" gas line."

"We followed the mapping, which proved to be incorrect," Page said, "it's just a mistake."

The gas was turned off and students were evacuated to the football field. Route 34 was shut down for half an hour so buses could arrive to take children home.

"We have an alert system that automatically told parents of the problem" says principal Doug Cross. "All things considered, it went very well. Teachers and staff will remain in the building until the last few students, who don't ride the bus, are picked up by their parent or guardian."

A utility crew was putting a new telephone pole in when they hit a gas line. Route 34 was closed between Dudding Avenue and Ada Dell until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

While the road was being closed down due to the leak, a DOT worker was hit by a car. The Department of Transportation tells WSAZ.com that the worker is currently in the hospital and may spend the night for additional information.



UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 12:25 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Route 34 is back open to traffic after a gas leak near a school in Hurricane.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com a utility crew was putting a new telephone pole in when they hit a gas line.

The students were removed from the school as a precaution and let dismissed early.

The gas company responded to the scene and shut off the gas.

Route 34 was closed between Dudding Avenue and Ada Dell until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Hurricane Police say there was no danger for anyone in the area.

Police also tell WSAZ.com that a DOH worker was hit by a pick up truck while he was trying to close off the road.

He is being taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Hurricane Middle School closed at 12:30 p.m.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 11:55 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hurricane Middle School is now closing early after a gas leak near the school.

A spokesperson with the Putnam County Board of Education tells WSAZ.com the school will now close at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com a utility crew was putting a new telephone pole in when they hit a gas line.

The students have been removed from the school as a precaution and are on the football field.

The gas company is on the way to shut off the gas.

Route 34 is closed between Dudding Avenue and Ada Dell.

Hurricane Police say there is no current danger for anyone in the area.

Police also tell WSAZ.com that a DOH worker was hit by a pick up truck while he was trying to close off the road.

He is being taken to the hospital.

The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/4/12 @ 11:25 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A natural gas leak has forced emergency crews to evacuate Hurricane Middle School.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com a utility crew was putting a new telephone pole in when they hit a gas line.

The students have been removed from the school as a precaution and are on the football field.

The gas company is on the way to shut off the gas.

Edwards says the Putnam County Board of Education has told him the students will go back to class when the gas has been turned off.

Route 34 is closed between Dudding Avenue and Ada Dell.

Hurricane Police say there is no current danger for anyone in the area.

Police also tell WSAZ.com that a DOH worker was hit by a pick up truck while he was trying to close off the road.

He is being taken to the hospital.

The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A natural gas leak has forced the evacuation of Hurricane Middle School in Putnam County.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com a utility crew was working in the area when they hit a natural gas line.

As a precaution, the children and staff at the school have been taken out of the building and are currently on the football field.

Edwards says the gas company is on the way to shut the gas off.

Edwards says the Board of Education has told him, the kids will go back to class once the gas is shut off.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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