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Gas leak prompts evacuation order in central Pennsylvania

NEW OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A gas leak has prompted an evacuation order for parts of one central Pennsylvania community.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency issued the order Thursday evening for residents within a half-mile of the reported leak in Hamilton Township in Adams County.

Officials say the leak was caused when the driver of a truck backed up and hit a pipe at a Columbia Gas regulator station.

Motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area as a safety precaution.

A temporary shelter has been set up at a nearby fire station.

No injuries have been reported.

Columbia Gas is working to address the leak.

 

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