A gas leak possibly caused by a backhoe working near the Muni tracks at 23rd Avenue and Judah has prompted evacuations and a shelter-in-place order.
The gas leak was first reported by the San Francisco Fire Department just before 11 a.m., and as ABC 7 reports, "PG&E is now at the scene and going door to door in the area to tell people they need to leave."
Via CBS SF's Chopper 5, we see that the culprit was likely a backhoe doing some digging on Judah. The responsible party is not yet known.
GAS LEAK 23rd and JUDAH 3rd Party Incident. @PGE4Me at scene now helping to resolve. Shelter in place and evacuations are being done door to door on the immediate block (23rd and Judah 1 block NWSE of intersection NO INJURIES AVOID THE AREA @SF_emergency pic.twitter.com/qlObb3kZpy— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT (@SFFDPIO) May 8, 2019
No injuries have been reported, and the area has been cordoned off while work continues to repair the leak.
As a result of the situation, N-Judah trains are currently switching back at 19th Avenue, and shuttle service is being provided between 19th and the beach.
UPDATE: We're going back to 19th! OB #NJudah trains switching @ Judah/19th. Shuttles will adjust routes accordingly b/t the beach & 19th. https://t.co/NMWi7EPbhx— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) May 8, 2019
The incident comes three months after a dramatic explosion in the Richmond District that happened after a construction crew working for Verizon busted open a gas main while digging a trench with an excavator.