Kaneville gas leak prompts evacuation

From staff reports

A natural gas leak on Saturday morning led to an evacuation that affected 118 people and 40 homes in the area of 1815 Route 8 in Kaneville, according to Venango County 911.

The driver of a Can-am ATV lost control of their vehicle a little after 3:30 a.m. and crashed into a gas line causing it to burst, Franklin state police said.

Cornplanter Fire Department evacuated everyone within a 5 mile radius of the gas leak, police said.

Route 8, between Routes 227 and 417 was closed, and efforts were made to shut down the OC&T rail line, 911 said.

Multiple emergency crews responded to a call about the leak, according to 911.

Evacuees who were in need of shelter were directed to Rouseville Community Center, 911 said.

Once the gas line was repaired, an all-clear notification was issued shortly before 10 a.m., according to Tim Dunkle, director of the Venango County Emergency Management Agency.

Responding to the scene were Franklin state police, along with fire departments from Rouseville, Cornplanter, Cherrytree, Chapmanville, Polk, Pleasantville, Oakland, Seneca, Clintonville, Reno and Hydetown.