CORTLAND Gas leak forces people out of homes

A second natural gas line was damaged this morning in Braceville.
CORTLAND -- About a dozen residents living along state Routes 46 and 305 were forced from their homes this morning by a natural gas leak.
Cortland Fire Chief Bill Novakovich said an employee of Bog Construction, which is widening state Route 305, hit a main line along 305 around 7:46 a.m.
"If it would have happened across the street it would have been in Bazetta," Novakovich said.
About a mile section of state Route 46 and a half-mile section of state Route 305 were closed for a few hours this morning, Novakovich said.
He said residents living near the intersection were asked to leave their homes as a precaution.
"A natural gas cloud formed and started traveling so we had to get people out of their homes," Novakovich said.
He didn't know where everybody went. "They may have just gone to breakfast. I don't know if there was one central location," for them to gather, he said.
Gas shut off
Dominion East Ohio Gas workers shut off the gas until repairs could be made. Service was restored about 9 a.m.
"We also called Bazetta Township Fire Department and the Trumbull County HazMat team out here for the extra help in case we needed anything," Novakovich said.
Meanwhile, Trumbull County 911 officials reported a second gas line leak in Braceville.
An employee with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office who was working on a culvert hit that line around 9 a.m.
Service was interrupted for a short time.

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