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Kimball Junction Gas Leak Impacts Traffic, Business

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The Park City Fire District and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to the situation around 5 p.m. Park City Fire District spokesperson Tricia Hurd Hazelrigg says a company was installing a communication line in the area and punctured a gas line under Ute Blvd. The gas caused the road to buckle, which is when the company, called emergency services. Hurd Hazelrigg says she doesn’t know the identity of the company that was installing the communication lines.

Dominion Energy responded to the gas line, but Park City Fire remained on scene in case anything ignited. Businesses in the affected area were evacuated, including the Richins county building and McDonalds. Dominion shut down the gas in the area and clamped three other lines before they began working to repair the damaged line.

Hurd Hazelrigg says Dominion Energy indicated businesses’ gas had been restored last night, and they were free to resume business. However, while Dominion continues working on the line, Hurd Hazelrigg says the road remains impacted.

“The righthand lane going up Ute Blvd. would be closed, so just past the McDonald's driveway, that is closed," Hurd Hazelrigg said. "And then Landmark Loop, just right on that corner, would be closed. So, essentially, they're going to be working right on that corner.”

Hurd Hazelrigg says Dominion Energy anticipates finishing work by noon today but couldn’t guarantee it. Additionally, Park City Transit service to and from the Kimball Junction Transit Center is back to normal, after the closure of the Transit Center resulted in the shifting of bus stops off the Transit Center property. There were no injuries caused by the incident.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.