EAST FORSYTH — Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) at Trammel Road was closed for about three hours Monday after a construction crew struck a gas line at a nearby job site.
Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said that a nearby car wash and an emissions inspection business were closed due to the leak, but workers had to stay put.
"The employees were unable to drive anywhere because their cars were parked close to the leaking gas line," Shivers said.
Crews with Atlanta Gas Light spent nearly three hours sealing and repairing the gas line, whose leak could have been much worse, according to Shivers.
"There was a four-inch gas main right next to the [one and one-quarter inch] line, but that one fortunately was not damaged," he said.
Although the nearby Aldi store wasn’t evacuated, it sat empty as workers fixed the leak because sheriff’s deputies had to block the only entrances to its parking lot to keep motorists away from the leak.
Shivers said the leak was reported about 11:45 a.m., and the highway reopened about 3 p.m.