A state mowing contractor ran over a natural gas line with a bush hog north of Elkton this morning, causing a major leak that resulted in a road closure and evacuations.
Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says the incident happened around 11:15 near 5520 Greenville Road, also known as Kentucky Highway 181.The residents of three homes chose to heed advice to evacuate and others were warned of the danger and stayed put.
Atmos Energy Manager of Public Affairs Kay Koomes says the impacted line was highly pressurized and the leak would have been clearly audible to anyone around.
A crew came from Logan County to fix the leak, which continued to blow gas into the air into the early afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, which caused traffic to be closed from Liberty Road to the Kentucky 171 intersection.