Construction accident causes gas leak at Indio High School

2,000 students and faculty evacuted as a precaution

POSTED: 11:01 AM PDT Sep 11, 2013    UPDATED: 02:48 PM PDT Sep 11, 2013 
Indio Gas Leak 2
Indio, Calif. -

A construction crew near Indio High School caused a gas leak that forced 2,000 students and faculty to evacuate to safety early Wednesday morning. 

SoCalGas crews say an operator of a third party backhoe hit a three inch pressurized gas line just before 10:00 a.m.  They say crews stopped the flow of gas at 10:30 am and made the area safe. 

No injuries were reported and students were allowed to return to school. 

According to Cal Fire, damage is assessed at approximately $3,000. 

SoCalGas urges business owners and residents to "call 811 before you dig" in the yard or at construction sites.