SANATOGA PA – A row of small, yellow-colored plastic flags (at top) was positioned Tuesday (March 10, 2020) between the sidewalk and the curb on the west side of North Pleasant View Road near Coventry Christian School. “Buried Gas Line,” each flag screamed in bold black lettering, posing an irony that may have been lost on a utility construction crew assembled there at 10 a.m.
That’s when workers hit and ruptured that same natural gas line, the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department said on its CrimeWatch website.
The pipe break affected the 800 and 900 blocks of North Pleasant View, police said. It prompted them to close a portion of the state-owned road, between Buchert Road and Welsh Drive, for several hours as PECO responded to fix the damage.
The school remained open, and could be reached by traffic moving north on Pleasant View from East High Street, but not from the south, the department said. It was “working closely” with Coventry Christian administrators to ensure student safety,” its report added at the time.
However, officers urged nearby residents to remain indoors and close all windows during the period.
Traffic on North Pleasant View resumed later in the afternoon, but was reduced to a single lane monitored by flaggers. At times the restriction created long lines of opposing vehicles that waited as much as 10 minutes for their chance to pass through the opening.
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