Madera Co gas leak shut off; Hwy 99 still closed

FRESNO, Calif.

Residents and other people in the surrounding area have been evacuated for a half mile around Road 29 and Avenue 12 due to the threat of a possible explosion, officials said.

Eight businesses, 15 homes and a migrant daycare center were affected by the evacuation order. Evacuees were taken to the Pan-America Community Center in Madera.

The leak is reportedly located in the Cottonwood Creek area and began when a piece of heavy machinery ran into 12 inch PG&E line around 10 a.m., investigators said.

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