Southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike reopen after gas pipe explosion closes highway

GREENACRES – Southbound lanes on Florida’s Turnpike reopened near Lake Worth Road on Thursday evening after closing hours earlier when a gas pipe ruptured, authorities said.



A gas line running parallel to the Florida turnpike ruptured Thursday morning near the Lake Worth Road in Greenacres, Florida on September 24, 2020. The turnpike was shut down in both directions and residents were asked to shelter in place. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)


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A gas line running parallel to the Florida turnpike ruptured Thursday morning near the Lake Worth Road in Greenacres, Florida on September 24, 2020. The turnpike was shut down in both directions and residents were asked to shelter in place. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

The incident also closed Lake Worth Road in both directions. The east-west road remained closed as of 5 p.m., clogging traffic on other roads in central Palm Beach County.

At 9:50 a.m., crews responded to a busted gas line running parallel to the turnpike by the Lake Worth Road exit, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes said the ruptured

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Gas leak closes Florida’s Turnpike to traffic near Lake Worth Road


A busted gas pipe near Florida’s Turnpike has authorities diverting traffic at Southern Boulevard as crews work on the scene Thursday morning.

Hannah Winston
 
| Palm Beach Post

UPDATE: Fire Rescue has lifted the shelter-in-place advisory as gas readings within a one-half mile affected area are at zero.

As of 1 p.m., the roadways remain closed. 

GREENACRES – Both directions of Florida’s Turnpike are closed to traffic near Lake Worth Road as crews work on a broken gas pipe, authorities said Thursday morning.

At 9:50 a.m., crews responded to a ruptured gas line running parallel to the turnpike by the Lake Worth Road exit, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said.

There is no fire at this time, but residents in the area were told to shelter in place as authorities worked the scene. 

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes said authorities are diverting traffic as 

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