(FOX 11 / CNS) A section of the Riverside (215) Freeway in Highgrove was closed this morning after a backhoe operator doing construction work struck a gas main, causing a leak, authorities said.
The line was struck at the southbound freeway onramp from Center Street around 12:50 a.m., according to a statement from the Riverside County Fire Department.
The backhoe was being operated by a Caltrans subcontractor when it struck what is believed to be a 6-inch line, said Denise King of the Southern California Gas Company.
The freeway was closed in both directions between Iowa Avenue and the Riverside (215-60) Freeway interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Area residents were being told to shelter in place, according to Mark Annas of the Riverside County Fire Department.
Personnel from the Southern California Gas Company, Caltrans and the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health were called to the scene, Annas said.
A gas company crew was working to locate the rupture and shut off the gas, King said.
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