Broken Gas Line Creates Strong Smell Across East Campus

Crews responding, others should avoid area near Markham Ave. and Buchanan Blvd.

gas leak

Update 4:55 p.m. Sept 27:

The gas line has been repaired.

Original post:

A contractor hit a gas line off campus on N. Buchanan Boulevard on Friday afternoon while doing work in the area.

No injuries were reported, but the smell of gas has been reported widely on East Campus. The Durham Fire Department is on scene, and crews have responded to repair the broken gas line.

Police are assisting with traffic control along Buchanan and advise motorist to avoid the area for now. Local residents are encouraged to keep windows closed. Members of the community should also avoid the area along Markham Avenue and Buchanan Boulevard.

Bishop House and Academic Advising were evacuated on East Campus due to the strong odor of gas in the immediate area.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.