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Gas restored after vehicle accident damages regulator in Ascension Parish

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UPDATE: Wednesday morning, Atmos said less than 100 customers were still without services following the Monday incident.

According to the company crews will work until 10 a.m. today to restore gas, after that it will be up to the residents to set up a time to have the issue repaired. 

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ASCENSION PARISH - At least 2,000 Atmos Energy customers are without natural gas after an early morning accident damaged a natural gas regulator.

A portion of Highway 73 was closed Monday morning after a vehicle crashed into a power line just before 6 a.m. The crash caused the lines to fall and get snagged on a passing 18-wheeler, yanking the pole and causing a ruptured gas line. The roadway has since reopened.

Crews began restoring service to affected customers around 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. To ensure safety, Atmos says crews will work until 11 p.m. Monday night, and resume restoring service at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The process may take several days to complete.

State police say the driver of the vehicle that initiated the crash, 35-year-old Derrick Bercegeay, was cited for careless operation. 

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