Large gas leak caused traffic headache in Longview - | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas


Large gas leak caused traffic headache in Longview


Utility crews furiously worked to contain a gas leak near a major intersection in Longview on Wednesday afternoon.

Six Atmos trucks and one fire truck rushed to the scene at the intersection of Hollybrook and Eastman Road in Longview.

Officials say utility workers were digging a hole when a gas main in the northeast corner of the intersection was struck.

A passerby reported the gas leak around 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.

The intersection was shut down to thru traffic for around two hours.

Northbound and southbound traffic on Eastman Road were turned around before the Hollybrook intersection.

"Wow, I feel lucky that the crews were on top of it and saw what was going on and and they've got the place barricaded off," said witness Tracy Wood, who was diverted from the area.

"First arriving units noticed that the gas plumes was possibly going across Eastman road so we went ahead and as a precautionary measure shut down Eastman road at hollybrook," said Longview fire battalion chief Buddy Anderson.

No evacuations were ordered, and no injuries were reported.

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In an earlier version of this story, it was reported that a large flare was visible from the scene of the gas leak; this information is incorrect. The visible flame originates a bit further down the road from the scene of the gas leak at the Eastman Chemical Company. 

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