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Major Gas Main Break In Berkley Stopped But Crews Continue To Work On Repair

A six-inch high-pressure line was accidentally ruptured

October 02, 2018 - 5:40 pm

BERKLEY (WWJ) - A six-inch high-pressure line was accidentally ruptured Tuesday afternoon in Berkley forcing the evacuation of several businesses as crews worked to repair the break.

Emergency crews worked for hours to cap the gas main break which happened mid-afternoon.

As of 5:30 p.m., Woodward Ave. was closed in both directions at 12 Mile Road as a result of the incident. Traffic eastbound on 12 Mile was being routed into a subdivision, and traffic westbound was being diverted onto northbound Woodward Ave. 

Police asked drivers and the general public to avoid the area entirely, if possible. 

Matt Kane, Director of Public Safety for Berkley said a call came in at around 3 p.m. reporting a construction crew working at the southwest corner of the intersection had hit and ruptured a six-inch steel gas main.

"Consumers Power responded immediately and they are working on repairing the gas line right now," Kane told WWJ's Stephanie Davis and other reporters. 

The city says crews will continue to work on the repair overnight. As of 9:30 p.m., "all roads are open, but there will be lane closures on southbound Woodward at 12 Mile and eastbound 12 Mile at Woodward."

No injuries or illnesses in connection with the break have been reported. 

The shopping center at Woodward Ave. at 12 Mile Rd. was evacuated and temporarily closed, along with a nearby gas station, as a precaution. 

The break remains under investigation, and there's no estimation at this time as to how long it will take to repair. 

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and WWJNewsradio.com for updates.