Latrobe reopens after gas leak

Latrobe Tce has repopened after a gas leak at Kardinia Park caused a temporary closure on the road this afternoon.

VicRoads announced the road had reopened in both directions about 3pm.

“VicRoads signals team will continue monitoring conditions as traffic gets back to normal and delays ease,” a spokesperson said.

“The Department of Transport thanks motorists for their patience during this disruption.”

Both VicRoads and CFA announced the leak about 1.30pm as crews closed the major road between West Fyans and Kilgour Sts.

“There is a hazardous gas leak at Moorabool St Newtown,” a CFA spokesperson said earlier today.

“Hazardous gas is being released and is spreading towards Kardinia Park.”

CFA had advised locals to avoid the area as emergency services investigated the source of the hazard.

The authority had also advised nearby residents to close all doors and windows.

“Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).”

A VicRoads spokesperson about 1.30pm advised crews had closed Latrobe Tce as due to a ruptured gas main.

“The closure is under the control of emergency services and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so,” they said.

“VicRoads signal engineering team is monitoring conditions in real time and adjusting traffic signals to minimise disruptions.”

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