Belleville gas leak causes evacuation and Metro train delays

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - A gas leak is causing an evacuation and Metro train delays in Belleville. The Fire Department tweets that contractors struck an underground natural gas line near the intersection of North Church street near Bristow.

There are crews at the scene working to fix the leak. One apartment building in the area has been evacuated. Strong winds are blowing the gas that smells like rotten eggs north. The Belleville Fire Department says there is no danger at this time.

Metro Transportation says that there is a 90 minute delay in the area. MetroLink trains are shut down in the area. Passengers at Memorial Hospital Station and College Metrolink Station are being bussed.

This is a statement from Metro:

"At this time, Red Line MetroLink riders in Illinois may experience delays of up to 90 minutes because trains are not operating between the Memorial Hospital Station, Swansea Station, Belleville Station, and College Station. MetroLink passengers are being transported by bus between these four Red Line stations due to a gas leak in the Belleville area. Blue Line riders are not currently impacted."

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