2nd gas leak in less than a week on Elm St. in E. Longmeadow

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A gas accident in East Longmeadow made residents a little nervous. Firefighters told 22News despite an accident on Friday of last week, and also today (Tuesday), there is no danger to residents.

At 10:00 a.m. Columbia Gas workers were called to 131 Elm Street. A piece of heavy machinery used to pave roads hit a gas valve on a pipe. It happened only feet away from where a little boy was riding his miniature tractor.

“All of a sudden I thought it was a water main break, but it was gas. We just left the area. We were about 30 feet away. It was pretty scary, said Trish Hafey, who lives on Elm Street.

This is the second gas leak accident on Elm Street in less than a week. In addition to repaving the surface of the road, they are digging underneath it to access a culvert that drains into a brook.

It took about an hour and a half to shut off the gas. No homes were evacuated and there were no measurable gas readings.

“The main is marked but where these gas valves are specifically are not marked. So it’s difficult and concerning. It’s natural gas. We need to monitor it to make sure it’s not traveling into anyone’s residence,” said East Longmeadow Fire Chief Paul Morrissette.

After the leak, Columbia gas crews could be seen with masks making repairs, while firefighters stood by with a hose just in case.

“It’s been impossible to get around sometimes. I work right down the street and I come home on lunch every day. It takes me 15 minutes just to drive a mile,” said John Needham, who also lives on Elm Street.

Elm Street is expected to reopen to through traffic by the end of next week, but drivers should still expect lane closures and some delays.

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