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According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Hwy 119 has re-opened to traffic.  Motorists are asked to use caution in the area while crews continue to repair the damaged gas main.

Students have been taken back to their respective schools after being evacuated due to the natural gas leak caused by an accident.

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Travel update from Shelby County Sheriff's Office:

On April 10, 2014, at 6:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have closed Alabama Highway 119 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle accident that broke a natural gas pipeline.  Traffic is being diverted at the intersections of Heardmont Park to the west and Shelby County Highway 14 to the east.  This will create a major traffic problem as the area affected contains Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools.  Gas is still actively escaping the pipeline and traveling west.

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Statement from Cindy Warner with Shelby County Schools:

Children from Oak Mountain Elementary School are being transitioned to Oak Mountain Intermediate school and children from Oak Mountain Middle school are being sent to Oak Mountain High school.  Buses with children already on them have been re-routed accordingly and parents may drop off children at both schools.

Alagasco is actively working to resolve the gas leak and until it is contained no one will be allowed into the affected area.

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Due to a  serious automobile accident on Highway 119 just north of Oak Mountain Elementary School, all Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle school students and staff are being relocated to other Oak Mountain schools.   All Oak Mountain Elementary staff and students should report to Oak Mountain Intermediate school. All Oak Mountain Middle school staff and students should report to Oak Mountain High School. If at all possible, avoid traveling south on highway 119. Bus riding students will be rerouted accordingly.

 

A morning wreck on Cahaba Valley Road (Hwy 119) has caused a natural gas main to break.  Traffic in both directions near the incident has been stopped.

Alagasco has been called to the scene.

Some west bound travelers are using the Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church parking lot to access Cahaba Valley Trace.

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