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Construction accident causes gas leak at Indio High School

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:32:48 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 11 2013 04:48:25 PM CDT
Indio Gas Leak 2

Christopher Flicker

Construction site at Indio High School

Indio, Calif. -

A construction crew near Indio High School caused a gas leak that forced 2,000 students and faculty to evacuate to safety early Wednesday morning. 

SoCalGas crews say an operator of a third party backhoe hit a three inch pressurized gas line just before 10:00 a.m.  They say crews stopped the flow of gas at 10:30 am and made the area safe. 

No injuries were reported and students were allowed to return to school. 

According to Cal Fire, damage is assessed at approximately $3,000. 

SoCalGas urges business owners and residents to "call 811 before you dig" in the yard or at construction sites.