Gas leak closes Florida’s Turnpike to traffic near Lake Worth Road
A busted gas pipe near Florida’s Turnpike has authorities diverting traffic at Southern Boulevard as crews work on the scene Thursday morning.
| Palm Beach Post
GREENACRES – Both directions of Florida’s Turnpike closed to traffic near Lake Worth Road on Thursday morning as crews worked to repair a broken gas pipe, authorities said.
At 9:50 a.m., crews responded to a ruptured gas line running parallel to the turnpike by the Lake Worth Road exit, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes said the ruptured pipeline “compromised the integrity” of the northbound turnpike overpass, so they shut down traffic around the area.
The cause of the rupture was unknown Thursday afternoon but was under investigation by the Florida Gas Transmission Company and Florida Department of Transportation.
Residents in the area were told to shelter in place as authorities worked the scene, but that advisory was lifted shortly afterward when there were no measurable gas readings within one-half mile of the affected area.
Discovery Key Elementary, on Lyons Road west of the turnpike, also was evacuated as a precaution, Reyes said..
Both the northbound and southbound lanes on the turnpike near the exit remained closed as of 2 p.m. Lake Worth Road also was closed from Jog Road to State Road 7 as well, according to Reyes.
Several agencies including Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene.