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Grady Co. motor grater hits natural gas pipeline

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GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

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GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A motor grader hit a gas pipeline in Grady County early Tuesday morning, sending the driver to the hospital.

Just before 8 A-M a county worker was doing routine scraping on Hopkins Lane, a dirt road traveled mostly by farmers.

Although the gas line is clearly marked, the heavy machinery tore a 6-inch hole into the pipe releasing a high pressure pocket of natural gas that knocked the driver off the grader.

"We work with the county road crew to allow them to do work across the pipeline safely without incident," says Carol Parramore, Area Supervisor for the Southern Natural Gas company.

Grady County Emergency Management Director Jim Ellis adds, "There had to be some kind of erosion to be that close to the surface."

The driver of that grader was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and released.

Officials say there was no fire or dangerous fumes.

They are investigating why the pipeline was exposed.

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