Roadway reopens, some families allowed to return home after natural gas leak in Ohio

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SCIOTO COUNTY, OH. (WSAZ) - UPDATE 7:13 a.m. 5/22/20
Most families have been allowed to return to their homes after they were forced to leave overnight due to a natural gas line ruptured in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Emergency management says the gas line ruptured after a crash near Rt. 522 and Gallia Pike. No one was injured in the crash or as a result of the natural gas line rupture.

Rt. 522 has reopened.

Natural gas service has been interrupted in Wheelersburg and Franklin Furnace as crews work to repair the line. Several families were forced to evacuate their homes overnight, but most have been allowed to return home.

Columbia Gas says it may take more than a day for gas service to be restored.

Route 522 has been closed in Wheelersburg, Ohio because of a natural gas leak.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, there was a crash at the intersection of Route 522 and Gallia Pike on Vernon Street around midnight on Friday.

While no one was injured in this crash, the accident caused a rupture to a gas main. Because of this, the Columbia Gas crews had to cut off gas service to parts of Wheelersburg and Franklin Furnace in order to safely make the repairs.

Several families in the Garden City area had to be evacuated from their homes, but no injuries from the gas leak have been reported.

We have a crew headed to the scene of this developing story.

Keep checking for the latest information.

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