Gas leak snarls S. Fayetteville traffic


A mid-morning natural gas leak April 7 at the new RaceTrac gas station on South Glynn Street caused Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services officials to divert traffic around a heavily-traveled section of Ga. Highway 85 at the Fayetteville city limits.

The intersection of Highways 85 and 92 and Ramah Road was completely shut down, causing traffic to back up significantly on Beauregard Boulevard as motorists made their way around the mess. The leak was repaired and the roads re-opened by 3:15 p.m., said Fayette FES Capt. Pete Nelms

The leak occurred when a contractor hit a 4-inch natural gas line, Nelms said. FES subsequently closed the roadways and evacuated approximately 100 people from several area businesses, said Nelms.

The Fayetteville Fire Department assisted in working the incident.