closes Highbridge's Isleport Business Park
large part of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate was sealed
off on Thursday evening (July 8th) after a gas leak.
and fire crews closed the business park and several factories
were evacuated when a postman's van accidentally struck a gas
mains outside Jester Prints in Hooper Close, fracturing it.
services were quickly on the scene and sealed off Bennett Road
at the A38 and at Walrow ends soon after 5.10pm while an emergency
gas repair team was called to make safe the damaged mains and
heard a loud hissing sound after the mains fractured," Jester
Prints owner Geoff Thorne, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
dialled 999 to alert the emergency services and within ten minutes
we had the police and fire crews on scene."
was amazed at how easy it was to fracture such an important mains
supply and we wonder why the device is not better protected."
diverted traffic around the scene of the accident, keeping pedestrians
away from the area too. The business park was re-opened to traffic
at 6.35pm and back to normal by 7pm.
fire brigade spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Two fire
engines from Burnham and a landrover with a gas detection monitor
from Brigwater, were mobilised."
their arrival, crews found that a vehicle had hit the gas main.
Transco were in attendance and the service evacuated nearby factories
and made the area safe whilst Transco isolated the gas."