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Crew working on The Big Drive ruptures gas line, shuts down I-4

Eastbound I-4 shut down between Conroy Road, I-Drive

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 were blocked for nearly two hours on Friday near Florida's Turnpike after I-4 Ultimate crews hit a gas line.

Orlando fire officials said the hazardous materials team was called to the 4900 block of International Drive for a 4-inch gas line rupture that occurred on eastbound I-4.

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The Florida Department of Transportation said the gas line was hit by I-4 Ultimate construction crews. The crews were moved to safety after the gas rupture, and the road was closed for safety reasons.

I-4 was shut down between International Drive and Conroy Road, snarling traffic for miles as drivers got on State Road 528 as a detour.

TECO Energy was notified, fire officials said. FDOT said the contractor will investigate. 

Shoppers at the outlet mall on International Drive were leaving because they say the smell was bad.

No other details were immediately available.

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