6 Overcome By Gas Odor, Students Evacuated From School
COLLIER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Officials have given the all clear after six adults were overcome by a strong smell of gas, prompting the evacuation of the Chartiers Valley Primary School this morning.
The odor reportedly filled the area around Thoms Run Road and the school this morning and 770 students were evacuated from the building.
The kindergarteners through second graders were taken to the nearby high school auditorium after the six adults were sickened. Officials say at least two went to the hospital.
Officials with the Chartiers Valley School District are blaming the fumes on work being done by Peoples Gas crews nearby.
Officials with Equitable Gas say they were also called in to the school to investigate the odor. They say their crews performed numerous safety checks in and around the school, and they plan to conduct additional safety checks at the school on Friday.
Officials from Peoples Gas report that they turned off service in the area today. They say there were two leaks in a medium pressure line about a quarter mile from the school.
One of the leaks has been repaired. Crews will check the rest of the line as a precaution.
There was a similar leak on Wednesday.
Also, school officials have decided to leave the students in the middle school and high school auditorium for the rest of the day. There is an in-service day on Friday.
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