Crew hits gas line outside U housing complex (CSCC)

posted Nov 10, 2011, 1:06 PM by Unknown user
From the Star Tribune --
By Paul Walsh
November 8, 2011

A private work crew struck a natural gas line Tuesday morning outside a University of Minnesota housing complex in Minneapolis, prompting an evacuation, a utility official said.

The line was hit shortly before noon at the complex near 29th and Como Avenues SE., said Becca Virden, a spokeswoman for CenterPoint Energy.

About 35 students from the multibuilding complex were displaced but allowed back about an hour later, said U police Lt. David Wilske.

The workers were moving gate posts and the concrete around them when they "disturbed the [gas] line," said Curt Fischer, owner of C.R. Fischer and Sons of Farmington.

"We weren't digging, per se," Fischer added. "It's just one of those unfortunate things."