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Gas leak shuts down No. 7 subway

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Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 3:11 pm

The FDNY and National Grid responded to a gas leak in Jackson Heights on Friday morning that was serious enough to temporarily shut down the No. 7 train in both directions from Main Street-Flushing to 42nd Street-Times Square.

According to the FDNY, a dozen units and 50 firefighters responded to 71-17 Roosevelt Ave. at 10:17 a.m.

In an email to the Chronicle, Karen Young, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said a contractor damaged a gas main. The utility's workers closed valves to stop the leak by 11:25 a.m.

The Fire Department said on one was hurt.

Businesses at 71-20, 71-22, 71-23, 71-24, 71-25, 71-26, 71-27, 71-28, 71-30, 71-32, and 71-34 Roosevelt Ave. were evacuated, as were residences at 37-54, 37-56, 37-58, 37-64, and 37-66 74 St.

The incident was declared under control at 11:46 a.m., with firefighters leaving the scene and the buildings being reoccupied.

Young said 25 buildings had their gas service affected as National Grid workers repaired the damage.

The website for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said bus service between Queensboro Plaza and Main Street-Flushing  kept operating in both directions.

The Long Island Rail Road temporarily cross-honored subway commuters’ MetroCards at 34th Street-Penn Station and its 61st Street-Broadway and Flushing stops.

In a post at 11:52 a.m. the MTA said all train service had resumed but that “extensive delays” were to be expected.

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  • pvaldezriverajr posted at 7:29 pm on Fri, Mar 3, 2017.

    pvaldezriverajr Posts: 292

    Great. Every time that there is a bad case of bad infrastructure at or near the subway system could be a major inconvenience to all of us fare payers and us taxpayers. [sad]