Evacuations lifted after gas leak near hospital

LIVE at 11: Gas leak near hospital forces evacuations and road closures

REDDING, Calif. - Roads in downtown Redding re-opened Friday morning after being closed overnight.  A gas leak Thursday night prompted road closures and evacuations.

Redding Fire battalion chief, Steve Reilly, said a construction crew using an excavator hit a three-inch main natural gas line at East St. and Tehama St. near Shasta Regional Medical Center at 9:06 p.m.

PG&E crews were able to shut off the natural gas around 7 a.m. Friday.  They were expected to remain on scene for several hours to repair the line.

Evacuation orders have been lifted.  Emergency officials had evacuated the area immediately north of the hospital. That area was bordered by Pine Street, Eureka Way, Continental Street, and Tehama Street.

The hospital was not evacuated, but new emergency room patients were diverted to Mercy Medical Center. A temporary American Red Cross evacuation center was set up at University Preparatory School on Eureka Way.

All roads were re-opened just after 7 a.m. Friday including Highway 44.

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