On Friday, August 31st at 1;13 PM, construction crews working at the new Rockland Street bridge project struck a ten inch natural gas main, causing a significant gas leak that lasted well into the night. Officer Tim Gover was directing traffic at the site when the incident occurred, and quickly shut the area down to both vehicles and pedestrians. The Wellesley Fire Department, along with numerous Wellesley Police officers, all responded to the scene to assist. National Grid was contacted and immediately began work to shut down the gas main.
The Rockland Street Bridge Project is located at the corner of Linden Street and Rockland Street near Washington and Forest.
Due to the proximity of the railroad tracks, all train traffic in Wellesley was stopped for approximately two hours. This included both MBTA commuter trains and freight service. After two hours, it was determined that there was no danger, and train service resumed prior to the evening rush hour.
The Wellesley Fire Department monitored several commercial buildings on Washington Street for natural gas levels and some office workers were evaluated by EMS after reporting headaches.
National Grid was able to stop the leak at approximately 9:50 PM, almost nine hours after the incident began. Crews remained on the scene throughout the night and into Saturday morning trying to repair the damage to the gas main.