Gas line struck on Hwy 175 in Richfield, more than 30 homes, businesses evacuated

By Beverly Taylor

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Residents were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon, April 20th in Richfield after construction crews struck a gas line.

It happened on Highway 175, just north of 167 shortly before noon.

The gas line was struck by construction crews working on the Highway 175 reconstruction project.

“I just stopped at Fat Charlie`s and while I was in there they ran inside and told us there was a gas leak or they broke something and we all have to run out,” Tania Reyes said.

We Energies officials and officials with the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene.

Wisconsin Southern Railroad officials were contacted to stop all rail traffic coming into this area. Construction work was also halted.

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