NC 55 reopens after natural gas leak in Apex


— N.C. Highway 55 has reopened following a natural gas leak Tuesday evening in Apex.

Authorities said the leak occurred near the intersection of N.C. 55 and Lufkin Road.

N.C. 55 was closed in both directions for a 1.5 mile stretch between U.S. Highway 1 and the Williams Street intersection for about 90 minutes, causing heavy delays during rush hour.

Natural gas leak closes N.C. 55 in Apex; business evacuated as crews work on repairs

Businesses in the area were evacuated for safety.

Police said about three-quarters of the gas line was cut by a crew installing data lines in the area.

“They immediately stopped work and called 911,” said Apex Police Chief John Letteney.

The gas was shut off as crews repaired the leak.

Natural gas leak closes N.C. 55 in Apex; business evacuated as crews work on repairs

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