Gas leak prompts home evacuations in Hayward

May 13, 2010 7:24:46 PM PDT
A gas leak that caused the evacuation of five homes and a convalescent facility in Hayward today has been stopped, a spokesman for PG&E said.

A construction crew ruptured a two-inch gas line with a backhoe near Saklan Road and West Street around 11:25 a.m., fire Capt. Thor Poulsen said.

Firefighters and police evacuated residents of nearby homes. No injuries have been reported.

PG&E crews arrived on scene shortly before 12:30 p.m. and had stopped the leak by 2:10 p.m., PG&E spokesman Matt Nauman said.

Nauman said the evacuated residents are now being allowed back into their homes, and that only one lane of traffic is blocked for repairs.