UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — UPDATE– The gas leaked has been stopped, but roads are still closed.
ORIGINAL– Fire crews were called out to the area near the English Building on the UI Quad for a report of natural gas in the area.
“Once crews arrived on scene, they did confirm that it was a gas line that had been struck by construction work going on in the area,” Champaign Fire Department spokesperson Randy Smith said.
It’s in the 600-block of South Wright Street. An Illini alert was issued.
Traffic was shut down and rerouted as a precaution. Ameren also responded to the scene. People were asked to avoid the area.
They finished responding to the gas incident shortly after 12:30 p.m.