Thursday, March 21, 2013
Depending on the outcome of the inquiry, the board could levy fines and penalties.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will review all aspects of the gas leak and fire on Ewing Street in Princeton that evacuated half a dozen homes, led to diesel oil spill and closed local roads for hours, a spokesperson said on Thursday. "Board staff responded to the incident and will report back to the board on findings," NJBPU Director of Communications Greg Reinert said. That's standard procedure for utility accidents and gas leaks, Reinert said. A review will determine if the contractor requested utility markings, if the utility followed through, if the contractor followed rules and regulations, etc. There is no set timeline of when the review will be completed, Reinert said. Depending on the outcome of the inquiry, the …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
"For whatever reason, the gas main was not marked in that area," Princeton Engineer Robert Kiser said.
A $700,000 piece of construction equipment was destroyed Wednesday after a paving crew accidentally ruptured a pressurized gas line on Ewing Street, sparking an hours-long fire and a spill of nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel. An operator from Top Line Construction Corp. in Somerville struck the gas line just north of Cuyler Road around 8:30 a.m. while milling the road, according to Princeton Police. The equipment operator was able to escape the blaze before the milling machine became fully engulfed in the flames of the gas fire. No one was injured. Trenton Hazmat responded to clean the diesel oil from the roadway. Representatives from the state's Department of Environmental Protection and PSE&G were also present. Ewing St. between …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Contractor hit gas main shortly after noon, building evacuated.
Several buildings were evacuated and two roads were briefly closed after a contractor at Westminster Choir College on Walnut Lane hit a gas main that fed a college building at 12:09 p.m. Monday, July 16, according to Princeton Borough Director of Emergency Services Robert Gregory. Contractors accidentally cut a gas line while putting in piping at a college building, Gregory said. Westminster Choir College security personnel evacuated the buildings and PSE&G responded and shut off the main within 15 minutes, averting further evacuations, according to Gregory. Hamilton and Franklin avenues were closed briefly and crews took readings outside and at buildings in the vicinity before reopening the roads and buildings. Princeton Borough police …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Drunken driving charges and several motor vehicle accidents in first half of May.
Princeton Township police said a resident of Marion Road West reported an attempted burglary at 11:36 p.m. on May 7. According to police, the victim said a rear door was damaged between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. when someone attempted to enter the house. Esteban Cardona, 33, of Juniper Row, Princeton, was charged with theft and harassment at 2:27 p.m. on May 8 on the first block of Juniper Row. Michael Mayer, 48, of Toms River, was charged with drunken driving at 6:13 p.m. on May 9. Police said he was charged after a motor vehicle stop on Herrontown Road. He was released to a friend. Alfred Kornegay, 19, of Leigh Avenue in Princeton, was charged with underage possession of alcohol at 11:28 p.m. on May 10 on Leigh Avenue at John Street. He…
Monday, April 9, 2012
A construction worker accidentally cut a gas line at the corner of William Street at Charlton Street, and the fire department evacuated residents within a half block of the area.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, April 9, 2012
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, April 9, a police officer smelled natural gas in the area of Charlton and William streets. The officer spoke with a construction crew in the southwest corner of William at Charlton and discovered that a worker digging in the area struck a gas service line, cutting the line and causing the leak. Princeton Fire Department and PSE&G responded and the fire department ordered an evacuation of buildings within a half block perimeter of the leak. Princeton University Department of Public Safety helped with evacuations of Princeton University owned buildings in the area while the Princeton Borough Police Department evacuated all other residences/buildings within the evacuation zone. Charlton and William Streets …