UPDATE: Adams County gas leak capped, evacuation order lifted


NEW OXFORD, Pa. (WHTM) The gas leak that forced the evacuation of more then two dozen people has been capped.

Columbia Gas Company said they secured the leak at its facility along the Carlisle Pike in Hamilton Township just before 11:30 last night.

The company is asking all displaced residents to return to their homes by using Routes 30 and 94. They will be escorted to their homes by Columbia Gas workers as a precaution.


NEW OXFORD, Pa. (WHTM) – An evacuation has been ordered in parts of Hamilton Township, Adams County due to a report of a gas leak on Route 94.

According to an alert issued by PEMA on Thursday night, residents within a half-mile of the intersection of Carlisle Pike and York Road and Carlisle Pike and Forest Drive should evacuate.

Officials say the leak was caused when the driver of a truck backed up and hit a pipe at a Columbia Gas regulator station.

Motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area as a safety precaution.

A temporary shelter has been established at the United Hook and Ladder fire department at 21 N. Bolton St in New Oxford. 

No injuries have been reported.

Residents in need of assistance should call 911 or 717-334-8101.

Columbia Gas is working to address the leak.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.

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