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Stadium Ave and University St reopen after gas line repaired

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A gas line that leaked after being hit by a backhoe operator, closing the intersection of Stadium Avenue and University Street for about one hour Thursday (April 24) morning, has been repaired.

Dan Pusey, senior director of engineering, utilities and construction for Purdue University’s Physical Facilities, said Vectren Corp. made all necessary repairs and gas service was returned at about 11 a.m. to the four affected buildings: Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering Building, Materials and Electrical Engineering Building and Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m., according to Purdue fire chief Kevin Ply. The Purdue fire and police departments responded and closed the intersection. Vectren workers shut the gas off. Purdue Utilities also was on scene and checked for gas in the utility tunnels.

The two-inch gas line that was hit feeds laboratories in the four Purdue buildings. Those laboratories remained open.

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