Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – This morning around 9:00 a.m., Mt. Juliet Fire and Police responded to the area of Old Lebanon Dirt Road near Cedar Drive after a construction contractor struck a 2 inch gas line with a backhoe. Wilson County Emergency Management Agency also responded to assist.
During the active rupture, Old Lebanon Dirt Road was closed between N. Mt. Juliet Road and Cedar Drive. Seven businesses in the Valley Center strip mall were evacuated as a safety precaution. The struck gas line was directly behind the evacuated businesses.
Crews from Piedmont Natural Gas quickly responded to the scene and worked diligently to find the proper valves to shut off the leak. The rupture was stopped around 10:00 a.m., and evacuated businesses were able to return to normal operation.
Piedmont Natural Gas crews remain on-scene repairing the damaged line.