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Napa Police reported blocking access to Salvador Avenue east of Highway 29 due to a natural gas line rupture shortly after 2 p.m.

A construction worker, not affiliated with PG&E, struck a gas line on Salvador with a bulldozer, which ruptured the line, said Deanna Contreras, a company spokesperson. 

PG&E crews stopped the flow of gas by 2:35 p.m. Crews will continue to make repairs to the 1” plastic service line for the next several hours, she said.

PG&E is investigating if 811 was called and if there is a USA ticket, meaning if the lines were marked, Contreras said.

PG&E reported 10 gas line breaks have occurred in Napa County this year by private digging: seven in Napa, two in St. Helena and one in American Canyon. 

People are supposed to call 811 at least two business days prior to starting any digging project, no matter how large or small, PG&E said. This is a free service. Utility workers will mark the underground lines.

Customers and contractors who prefer to submit an 811 request online can visit http://811express.com/ for a single ticket with an individual address.

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