UPDATE: Gas Leak Partially Capped; Crews Have Reduced Flow Of Gas

SAN JOSE — Several thousand people have been forced to take safety precautions due to a gas leak in downtown San Jose has been partially capped according to officials.

PG&E is planning to bring special equipment to fully cap the leak.

About 2,500 people have been evacuated and 5,000 people were ordered to shelter in place this morning. The shelter in place has been lifted, but evacuation orders remain until until all the buildings have been expected, officials said. No injuries have been reported.

The leak was reported around 11:07 a.m after a 3rd party contractor hit a 4 inch gas line at Market and Santa Clara streets.

PG&E spokeswoman Michele Tell said that a construction crew not affiliated with the utility was using digging equipment this morning when it pierced the 4-inch pipe and the gas started to escape into the air.

Officials are urging people avoid the area at this time.

VTA says its Downtown Customer Service Center has been evacuated, and bus lines 22, 522 and 68 are being rerouted. Light rail service is currently unaffected.

This is a developing story. We will update as more information becomes available.

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