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Cut gas pipe shuts down highway

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By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

A damaged natural gas pipe, with an accompanying cloud of gas, shut down U.S. Highway 380 west of Denton for more than two hours Monday morning.

The shutdown caused misery for numerous drivers, since there are few alternate routes in the area.

Sgt. Roger Griggs with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office said a road construction crew with the Jagoe Company was digging in the area when equipment struck the gas pipe owned by the Targa gas company shortly before 9 a.m.

There were no injuries reported, according to the sheriff’s office.

Denton County Emergency Management Officer Jamie Moore said Monday that the 6-inch diameter line was cut during construction work on the widening of U.S. 380 near the intersection with Smith Road. Krum firefighters evacuated 10 houses and shut down the heavily traveled highway between Smith and Ripy roads.

A heavy cloud of gas hovered over the area, and firefighters rerouted traffic onto Jackson Road and asked residents in the general area to stay inside their homes until the plume had time to disperse.

The roadway was closed for about two hours while crews fixed the leak and waited for the air to clear.

DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is dfielder@dentonrc.com .