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Nov 30, 2012 2:27 PM by The Associated Press

Highway 99 near Madera closed due to gas leak

MADERA, Calif. (AP) - California highway officials have closed Highway 99 in both directions just south of Madera due to a gas main rupture.

Officer Marc McWilliams with the California Highway Patrol says a tractor struck a gas main Friday morning, creating a small explosion and a fire. McWilliams did not immediately confirm whether there were any injuries or damage.

The highway is shut down at Avenue 9 northbound and at Avenue 12 southbound. Rail traffic also has been halted in the area.

McWilliams says the highway will probably be closed for at least an hour, until the gas can be stopped from flowing.

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