Roads reopened after gas leak shuts down Raleigh’s ‘Five Points’ area

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Emergency crews responded to a gas leak Thursday near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Whitaker Mill Road in Raleigh.

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The Five Points area had been shut down, with police tape wrapped around the entire intersection. Glenwood Avenue was closed in both directions but reopened around 6 p.m. By 8 p.m., Raleigh officials said most roads in the area had reopened. Work was completed around 2 a.m. Friday.

Some people were evacuated from the immediate area when the gas leak was first reported Thursday.

A contractor for AT&T working in the area accidentally cut into an 8-inch gas main near the intersection of of Glenwood Avenue and Fairview Road, officials said.

“We expect our contractors to closely follow local construction requirements and codes, and work hard to minimize any disruption for residents. We apologize for this inconvenience,” an AT&T spokesman said.

Raleigh Police Department officers and Raleigh Fire Department crews responded to the scene and workers in protective suits were also on scene.

Hayes Barton Baptist Church closed its campus due to the leak. All church activities for the rest of the day had been canceled.

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