Two gas leaks cause evacuations, traffic headaches in Lexington

Nicholasville Road Gas Leak
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two different gas leaks near University of Kentucky’s campus has caused evacuations of dorms and closed down roads in Lexington.

The first leak occurred on the campus near Oldham Court and Columbia Avenue. Fire officials say a construction crew hit the gas line causing the leak.

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University of Kentucky Police say, for safety reasons, they evacuated about 200 residential students from the Woodland Glenn housing complex.

The second leak occurred, a few minutes later, near the intersection near of Nicholasville Road and Alumni Drive. Fire officials have shut down the entire intersection while they work with Columbia Gas to turning off the leaking gas.

Lexington Police are directing Outbound Nicholasville Road traffic to turn off at Waller Avenue. It was not available where inbound traffic was being diverted.

Fire officials aren’t sure if the two leaks are related.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.