Excavator strikes natural gas line in Southborough

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Excavator strikes natural gas line in Southborough
Crews responded to a gas main break on Main Street. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

UPDATE: This article has been updated with information from Fire Chief Steven Achilles.

SOUTHBOROUGH – Crews responded to a natural gas main break on Main Street near the railroad crossing.

“During a construction project here on Main Street [in] downtown Southborough, an excavator struck a high-pressure natural gas line,” said Fire Chief Steven Achilles.

It was reported to the fire department at about 8:45 a.m. The department deployed a fire engine and ambulance. They worked with Southborough Fire Department to secure the area and evacuate joining exposure buildings, Achilles said.

“Currently, Eversource is on scene,” he said. “They’ve just secured the gas leak. Now, we’re going to stand by and make sure they are good. Then, we will meter all of the buildings, and hopefully we’ll get people back into their businesses and homes.”

There were no injuries.

A photo shared by the Southborough Fire Department showed firefighter crews in front of Mauro’s Village Cafe and Southborough House of Pizza.

Mauro’s Village Cafe owner Teresa Mauro said they had been working when the crews told them they needed to evacuate.

“Nothing you can do about it,” she said.

The incident closed a portion of Main Street from the intersection of Main Street and Rt. 85 through East Main Street and Boston Road.

The town later tweeted just after 10:30 a.m. that Main Street had opened and the site and been cleared.