HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Officials have shut down Route 136 in Westmoreland County after a tractor trailer accident caused a large gas leak.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Crews have shut down Route 136 between Poverty Hollow and Herminie Roads.

According to emergency dispatchers, the tractor trailer reportedly backed into a large gas well, tearing off the head of the well.

Firefighters and Hazmat teams have been called to the scene.

So far, there have been no evacuations in the area. However, officials will be monitoring the air to determine if that is necessary.

There’s on timetable on how long the road might be closed.

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