A late morning gas leak in Lockwood forced fire crews to shut down traffic on North Frontage Road west of Johnson Lane.
Lockwood Fire Chief Bill Rash said that Montana-Dakota Utilities reported a crew doing utility work for the Lockwood sewer system had accidentally cut a 3-inch natural gas line on the north side of the road, between the Town Pump and the FedEx building, at about 11:15 a.m.
No injuries were reported and no evacuations of nearby businesses were ordered.
Rash said part of the road was already closed due to the utility work, but passing traffic was directed to turn around in the Town Pump parking lot or divert onto Interstate 90.
Crews had to shut down the line on either side of the cut to stop more gas from escaping, Rash said. He expected patrons of nearby businesses to be able to gain access to them by 12:30 p.m., when crews were expected to finish shutting everything down.
Fire crews were cleared from the scene by early afternoon.
The Montana Highway Patrol and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office helped block the road and divert traffic.