Gas leak shuts down service station

VIDEO: LPG leak at highway servo disrupts Bruce

A GAS leak on yesterday morning left the Coles Shell service station and surrounding businesses on the Bruce Hwy in shutdown all day.

Emergency services were called to the petrol station about 9am yesterday because of the LPG leak caused by a rupture in the lines.

Businesses including Beefy's Pies were closed to reduce the possibility of ignition, while police blocked entry to the complex. Gympie fire crews sprayed water around the source of the leaking gas to disperse fumes.

Gas detectors were used to ensure the site was safe.

ON THE SPOT: Emergency services attend a gas leak at a service station on the Bruce Hwy.
ON THE SPOT: Emergency services attend a gas leak at a service station on the Bruce Hwy. Greg Miller

Acting Gympie station officer Grant Nelson said there were three crews at the petrol station at one stage, including a back-up crew from Cooran.

While the gas leak scare looked like a fiasco from the road, A/Stn Officer Nelson said the leak was not major.

However, the problem tied up services and kept businesses closed all day while emergency services waited for a tanker truck to arrive.

It was believed the wait was because no truck and tanker were available.

The nearest driver would have breached his heavy vehicle driving time limit at the time and was due to take a legally required break.

The truck didn't arrive until about 3pm and A/Stn Officer Nelson said it could have taken up to three hours to fill.

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