Minivan pulling trailer may be responsible for gas leak

Utility trailer may have severed gas main; officials seek info in case
Minivan pulling trailer may be responsible for gas leak

Police said a vehicle may have cut a gas main in Janesville Saturday, causing traffic to be diverted due to a gas leak.

The Janesville Police Department said at about 2:15 p.m., officers and the fire department responded to a report of a natural gas leak at the intersection of Beloit Avenue and Palmer Drive.

According to the report, surveillance video shows a green minivan, possibly a Chrysler, towing a trailer.

A person driving the green minivan can be seen removing a white or gray trailer from the area of the gas leak, officials said of the surveillance video. The person is described as a white man, 6 feet tall, wearing dark glasses, shorts and white T-shirt with writing on the front.

Police believe the gray utility trailer may have become disconnected and severed the gas main to a nearby water utility building.

Police said traffic was rerouted around the area as a precaution until the gas was shut off. In an alert at 4 p.m., police said the area was safe and traffic had returned to normal.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Rock County Communications at 757-2244 or Crimestoppers 756-3636.