By Christy McLeap

Wednesday morning a contractor who works for the Southern California Gas Company accidentally ruptured a natural gas line with a jack hammer. The accident prompted evacuations and shut down a major Inglewood roadway for several hours.

CBS Los Angeles reports SoCalGas spokesperson Melissa Bailey confirmed in an email that at around 9:24 a.m., Wednesday morning a contractor working in the 3300 block of Century Boulevard accidentally hit a 3-inch steel gas line with a jack hammer, causing the rupture.

The spokeswoman went on to say that about 50 to 60 people, who were from four businesses in that area were evacuated.

California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert, and both directions of Crenshaw Boulevard were shut down so SoCalGas crews could stop the leak and conduct repairs. The westbound side of the road was closed at Crenshaw Boulevard and the eastbound side at Club Drive.

At last check the closure was expected to last through that afternoon to around 4 p.m. Drivers were advised to stay clear of the area.

Reportedly there weren’t any injuries reported and no service outages, according to Bailey.

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