MADRAS, OR -- Traffic was detoured and Highway 97 in Madras closed for nearly 90 minutes Thursday.
Jefferson County Fire Chief Brian Huff says he was called about a gas line rupture at Bi-Mart at 11:21 am. "It actually was across the parking lot, in front of East Cascades Veterinary Clinic, right on the corner of their property, and the highway." Huff says First Responders created a safety perimeter and started checking the nearby businesses in the Palisades Shopping Center. "There was a private contractor that was digging inthe corner there, they were looking for communications, and accidentally hit the gas line." The line had been located by Cascade Natural Gas prior to digging.
Law enforcement, firefighters, and CNG arrived, with the gas company capping off the leak and making the necessary repairs in under an hour. There were no injuries.