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Milling machine collapses underground gas tank in Norwich

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Norwich — A paving milling machine collapsed an underground abandoned gas tank on Wednesday at 282 Franklin St.

According to the Norwich Fire Department, the milling machine tipped sideways onto a building, leading to a response of 30 people total from the city fire department, Norwich police, public works and Norwich Public Utilities. Responders evacuated the building and cordoned off the area.

There were no injuries or significant building damage, the fire department said in a news release. “We secured all gas and electricity in the area and then assisted removing the milling machine from the sink hole.”

The scene was under control by 10:45 a.m., the release said. NPU was able to replace damaged equipment and restore gas and electricity to the area. Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene, as well, and determined the gas tank needed to be removed.

Other details were not immediately available.



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