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Traffic Flowing On Durham Freeway After Crews Fix Ruptured Gas Line

Posted October 17, 2001 2:01 a.m. EDT

— Traffic is flowing again in Durham, but not everything is smooth sailing after an accident Monday night.

On Wednesday afternoon, the ramp from NC 147 North onto Alston Avenue remained closed.

The state Department Of Transportation has said part of the Durham Freeway will have to close again in a few days for the removal of several scorched trees which might fall, creating a road hazard.

Crews worked all day Tuesday to repair a gas line that was cut when a truck hit the Alston Avenue bridge Monday evening.

Traffic was detoured at the Fayetteville St./Roxboro St. exit while the Department of Transportation worked on the problem.

A 12-inch natural gas line was ruptured when a crane being hauled by a truck hit the line as it went under the bridge around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The truck's load exceeded the bridge clearance.

No one was hurt and no residences or businesses were threatened, but the truck remained stuck in the bridge for hours. The Department of Transportation did not want to move it until inspectors could determine whether it was safe to pass on and under the Alston Avenue bridge. The bridge was damaged by the impact, as was the natural gas line that ran underneath.