Tim Wieclawski/Metro Ottawa


A firefighter in a breathing apparatus cordons the intersection of Bank and Albert streets, where a road crew punctured a gas line yesterday afternoon.

A gas leak at the intersection of Albert and Bank streets stalled a major bus transit route for several hours yesterday afternoon.

Work crews operating an excavator on Bank Street accidentally severed a two-inch gas line servicing 108 Bank St., causing the leak and prompting city fire fighters to close Albert Street to traffic between O’Connor and Kent streets as a precaution.

Platoon Chief Larry King said they cordoned the area until they could determine the scope of the leak. The fire crew monitored gas levels at the scene until workers from Enbridge could arrive to turn the line off and repair it.

Since Albert Street is a main artery for traffic downtown, buses were re-routed and vehicles forced to make detours.

Debbie Boukydis, public affairs director for Enbridge, said five customers had service disrupted by the incident, but service was repaired by 4 p.m.

No one was evacuated from the area and Albert Street was reopened shortly after 2 p.m.

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