UPDATE: Gas Leak Evacuates Some WKU Buildings

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO/AP) -- -- A gas line has been ruptured on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green prompting the evacuation of residence halls and a parking structure.

The Daily News reported that crews from Atmos Energy were installing a sidewalk Friday morning when they hit a major gas line.

Bowling Green Fire Department and Western Kentucky University Police blocked traffic from entering campus at University Boulevard. Multiple other buildings, including nearby residence halls and a parking structure were evacuated.

There were no reports of injuries.

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Parts of the WKU campus had to be evacuated earlier this morning.

Around 8 AM, crews were called on campus to inspect reports of a possible gas leak. The area was blocked off near the corner of College Heights Boulevard and Avenue of Champions. Crews inspected five buildings on campus, but found no threat.

"Construction workers were working on a sidewalk project and cutting through what was a dead gas line and were unaware there was a second line beside it, and caused a rupture. We ended up evaluating five buildings on campus until after Atmos Energy could get the line crimped and get the gas stopped," Bob Skipper said.

Skipper also said no injuries were reported, and the campus was given an "all clear" around 9:30 this morning.


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