GUILDERLAND -- A construction crew ruptured a natural gas line along the Thruway near Albany late Wednesday morning, resulting in closure of both the northbound and southbound lanes of the heavily trafficked highway, officials said.
At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, a crew from Rifenburg Construction of Troy was repairing a damaged sewer line for the town of Guilderland on the shoulder of the Thruway, State Police said Wednesday afternoon.
While working on the sewer line adjacent to the Thruway at School House Road, the workers ruptured a 12-inch natural gas main, causing gas to shoot across the northbound and southbound lanes of the Thruway between exits 23 and 24, police said.
Southbound traffic that was stuck in traffic was forced to make a U-turn, and the construction company, with the assistance of Thruway maintenance workers, removed sections of guiderails to allow northbound cars that were stuck to reverse direction through the median and exit the Thruway, police said.
Southbound traffic was then diverted at Exit 24 and northbound traffic was diverted at Exit 23.
Albany and Guilderland fire departments responded.
A 40-year-old Rifenburg construction worker received a cut to his arm and was treated at the scene by Albany Fire Department paramedics. The worker declined transport to a hospital. There were no other reported injuries.
National Grid workers shut down the gas line and all lanes were reopened at 12:50 p.m.