Major gas leak in Midway disrupts businesses, traffic Thursday afternoon

The Florida Highway Patrol says a major gas leak on Brickyard Road in Midway caused traffic to be diverted off I-10 Thursday afternoon.
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 2:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a major gas leak on Brickyard Road in Midway caused traffic to be diverted off I-10 around 2 p.m. Thursday.

According to troopers, traffic was blocked on Brickyard Road at Highway 90, all the way to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Traffic was being diverted off I-10 east at mile marker 181 and off I-10 west at mile marker 196. The roadway reopened slightly before 4 p.m.

The major leak caused eastbound traffic on Highway 90 to shutdown at the Flying J, located at 32670 Blue Star Highway. Westbound traffic on Highway 90 was shut down at Getty Road.

FHP says the leak happened after a construction crew putting up power poles was digging and hit the gas line. Troopers had to evacuate the Waffle House, Pilot and Flying J nearby the leak location.

Gadsden County says its emergency management department responded to the scene and sent a hazmat control unit that way. Crews worked into the night to repair the leak, with the work wrapping up around 10 p.m.

The City of Tallahassee also sent crews to fix the leak.

Midway Fire Chief Nathan Yarusso said he was nearby when the leak first happened.

“I immediately turned around, came back to the scene, noticed people were running down Brickyard Road,” he said. “A large pipe had burst, a large cloud of gas leaking up from the ground alongside a large utility pole from where they were digging.”

A traffic control worker who was on the scene said it sounded like a gunshot when they struck the line and workers went scrambling for safety, but the burst quickly triggered backup.

Troopers said the major blockage happened because they had to shut down U.S. 90, where everything intersects.

The move was made because natural gas can be very dangerous.

“There’s a handful of danger when it comes to natural gas,” said Yarusso. “There’s the flammable point, part of it. That’s a major issue. You don’t want to be near that, inhaling that either.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the gas leak and ensuing traffic.

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