Lower Pac Heights gas leak stopped, repairs to be completed this afternoon

View Larger Map

A gas leak in San Francisco's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood has been stopped after it forced evacuations and traffic closures this morning, fire and PG&E officials said.

A construction crew digging in the 1900 block of Divisadero Street at about 10 a.m. hit a 1-inch plastic gas line and caused the leak, PG&E spokesman Jason King said.

The fire department initially reported that the leak was caused by a truck hitting a gas main but has since confirmed it was caused by excavation work.

There was a strong odor of gas in the area and some people were evacuated while traffic was closed at Divisidero and Pine streets, according to the fire department.

King said that PG&E crews shut off the flow of gas shut off at 10:39 a.m. and expect to have repairs fully completed by 1 p.m.

He stressed the importance of anyone digging to call 811 before beginning to avoid hitting underground gas lines.

Opinion: How to avoid going to prison for public corruption in San Francisco

To avoid hard time in the future, SF officials must learn lessons of corrupt past

Deep in the heart of Texas: Niners corral Cowboys, 23-17

San Francisco holds off late charge. Packers up next