BEND, OR -- Bend Fire Department and Bend Police are currently on the scene of an intermediate-sized gas leak near Colorado Bridge. Officials closed down Colorado in both directions to deal with the leak, which started around 8:00 a.m. and has not been shut off.
Andrea Fonkert with Cascade Natural Gas says it was caused by construction work in the area. "A 4-inch intermediate pressure line was struck by a contractor, and Cascade Natural Gas is working right now to shut it off," Fonkert says.
A containment area has been set up, and the company expects to have the leak under control between 10:00-11:00 a.m., after which traffic should reopen.
Fonkert says the smell in the area should remain pungent for several hours. CNG is still investigating the details of the incident, and does not know how much gas has been spilled.