Gas leak closes I-805 in Chula Vista

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A half-mile area was evacuated and Interstate 805 was closed in both directions in Chula Vista Monday because of a ruptured gas line, officials said.

The broken gas line was reported at about 3 p.m. Tuesday under the Palomar Street overpass of I-805, according to a Chula Vista Fire Department spokesperson.

I-805ClosureWorkers were digging with a backhoe under the overpass when they accidentally broke an 8-inch gas line, the spokesperson said.

Police evacuated homes within a half mile radius of E. Palomar and Nacion as a precaution, including areas south of E. Naples, east of Monserate, north of Olympic Parkway, west of Medical Center, Chula Vista police Captain Gary Wedge said.

“I got this emergency call and I was scared because my husband is disabled and I can’t get him to the car,” said Mary Watson, Chula Vista resident.

The Loma Verde Recreation Center at E. Orange and Loma Lane was temporarily open for individuals displaced as a result of the evacuation, according to Wedge.

Around 22,000 Mumford & Sons fans struggled to get to navigate to the concert at Sleep Train Amphitheater, causing the show to be delayed for about an hour.  When it finally began the lead singer Marcus Mumford said “well, let’s shake it off.”

State route 125 toll road was open to all traffic without charge to help divert traffic from the area.

The evacuation order was lifted shortly after 5 p.m.


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