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Crews Cut Gas Line, Force Evacuation Of Raleigh Middle School

Posted December 8, 2004 4:30 a.m. EST

— Students at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh were dismissed for the day after a gas line was cut at the school Wednesday morning.

By 9:30 a.m., school buses were dispatched to take students home. Between 9 and 9:15 a.m., parents were notified through the AlertNow phone message service that they could pick up their children.

A private construction crew working on school property with a backhoe cut the 4-inch marked line at about 8:10 a.m. Crews should have notified the gas company before moving forward, but they apparently did not.

More than 1,100 students and staff were moved to the school's football field after emergency evacuation procedures were activated.

Gas was shut off to the school and PSNC crews fixed the line.

Seventeen students complaining of dizziness and nausea were taken to WakeMed as a precaution. They were all treated and released.

Classes will be back in session Thursday.