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Gas leak shuts down N.C. 42, Buffalo Road intersection

CenturyLink subcontractor struck gas line

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CLAYTON — N.C. 42 was closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon at the Buffalo Road intersection after a CenturyLink subcontractor struck a gas line while installing cable and fiber optic service.

N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Barksdale said the subcontractor was not working for the NCDOT even though the intersection is within the scope of its ongoing widening project.

"That being said, our traffic services section of NCDOT in Wilson helped set up detour signage and barricades to assist the motoring public," said Barksdale.

The leak was reported at 1:30 p.m. and the NCDOT said the intersection will be closed until the gas leak is repaired. 

The NCDOT estimates the road will reopen by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28. Motorists traveling westbound on N.C. 42 are being rerouted by turning right on Lynch Road and left on Jordan Narron Road to Buffalo Road.

A Johnston County E-911 supervisor said the CVS Pharmacy at 32 Village Center Drive has been evacuated. The Percy Flowers Store, 4880 N.C. 42 East, Clayton, closed because all entrances are blocked.

Agencies on the scene are Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Emergency Services, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, the N.C. Highway Patrol, the Thanksgiving and Archer Lodge volunteer fire departments and Piedmont Natural Gas.

No injuries have been reported.

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