Several homes were evacuated this morning when a Natick Collection contractor hit a gas line near the intersection of Speen and Hartford streets in Natick.
The incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. and gas in the immediate area was shut off, affecting eight homes, said Mike Durand, spokesman for NSTAR. By 11:30 a.m., gas had been restored to three of them, though Durand said that full service should be restored by the end of the day.
Natick Fire Department Deputy Chief Ed Connelly said that 12 homes were evacuated, but residents were allowed to return after only a short wait.
An independent contractor was working in the area, installing new crosswalk lights for the Natick Mall mall expansion project when the 2-inch intermediate-pressure line was struck, Connelly said.
Speen and Hartford streets were reopened by 10:30 a.m., Connelly said.
-- Adam Sell
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