Gas leak causes lane closures on Pleasant Hill

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

DULUTH -- Lanes of Pleasant Hill Road have reopened after a gas leak.

Just after 11 a.m. Gwinnett County firefighters evacuated about 25 people from six businesses near the scene at Pleasant Hill and Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. The leak was controlled at about 12:40 p.m. and lanes opened after 1 p.m.

Fire Capt. Thomas Rutledge said eastbound lanes of busy Pleasant Hill were closed as a precaution to prevent escaping gas vapors from providing an ignition source. Westbound lanes remained open, and police diverted motorists.

An emergency crew from Atlanta Gas Light responded to the scene to stop the leak, although no estimated time has been given for the situation to be resolved.

The leak appeared to be caused by a delivery truck that struck a gas meter behind a restaurant, causing damage to a one-inch service line, Rutledge said.