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Natural gas pipeline leak shuts highway in ND

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say a section of U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston is shut down after construction breached a natural gas pipeline in the area.

McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Rockvoy says the breach occurred Monday afternoon. She says authorities established a cordon of more than four miles around the incident site.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation says the leak occurred about four miles south of Williston near the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The state agency recommends motorists find alternate routes to cross the Missouri River.

Rockvoy says the pipeline has been shut down and work is underway to reopen the roadway. She says the road is currently slick from the spill and trucks have been sanding the route.

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