UPDATE: Broken gas line that closed Thruway is shut off; traffic again flowing

Gas flow to a broken gas line that shut down the Thruway has been shut off, a National Grid spokesma
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Gas flow to a broken gas line that shut down the Thruway has been shut off, a National Grid spokesman confirmed early this afternoon.

Gas flowed from the line for just over an hour after it was struck by a contractor, spokesman Patrick Stella said.

That flow was shut off at about 12:15 p.m. National Grid is now working to fix the line itself.

With the gas flow shut off, any immediate danger has passed, Stella confirmed.

“We just have to assess the damage and make the repairs at this point,” he said.

The Thruway was reopened just before 1 p.m..

The contractor hit the 12-inch line near the Thruway and Schoolhouse Road at about 11 a.m.

State police said no injuries were reported as a result of the 11 a.m. incident and no open flames, police said.

“From what we’re getting in here it was more of a pressure burst, no flames in the air, nothing like that,” state police Sgt. David Malone said earlier.

Also closed was an area of Schoolhouse Road near the site, Guilderland police said. Nearby homes were also evacuated.

The incident happened in a construction area just off the Thruway. Malone said. Officials don’t yet know whether construction vehicles hit it or something else caused it.

National Grid workers were on the scene and Guilderland and Albany police were assisting, Malone said.

Earlier, Thruway traffic cameras showed a long backup of cars stretching as far as could be seen, coming toward near Exit 23 just after 12:15 p.m., with few cars going south, a way from the exit. A traffic camera posted near the Exit 24 interchange showed no cars.

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