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Gas leak diverted downtown traffic until noon

Crews from the City of Waynesboro and Chickasawhay Natural Gas District work Thursday morning to repair a gas line that was ruptured in the downtown area, forcing the closure of various roads and the evacuation of some businesses.
By Paul Keane

A gas line was damaged and caused a leak that has shut down portions of downtown Waynesboro for the better part of Thursday morning.

At noon Thursday, officials announced that the leak had been stopped and traffic was being allowed to travel along most of Azalea Drive between Mississippi Drive and Spring Street. A portion of Azalea Drive around Mississippi Power, McDonald's and Joiner-Sigler Insurance was still closed Thursday afternoon as crews worked to make a more permanent repair on the pipe.

Spring Street between Court Street and Wayne Street was also reopened for through traffic.

Officials on the scene confirmed that a gas leak forced parts of downtown roads to be closed. Traffic was being diverted around the area as a safety precaution for most of the morning.

Construction crews apparently damaged the gas line, and officials were on the scene trying to repair it Thursday morning. No injuries were reported, and while the leak has been stopped the actual gas line is still needing to be repaired.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel had blocked off Spring Street from Wayne Street to Court Street and had blocked off Azalea Drive from Mississippi Drive down to Spring Street. Wayne Street, Court Street and Mississippi Drive remained open.

Evacuations occurred on Highway 184 from Spring Street to Mississippi Drive. All of the people from the businesses in that area have been taken away from the area by emergency personnel. Personnel from McDonald's, Joiner-Sigler Insurance, McDonald's, Mississippi Power and Lee's Donuts were taken from the scene.
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