Detroit-Windsor Tunnel traffic disrupted by gas leak

A backhoe ruptured a natural gas line near the entrance of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel on Monday, diverting U.S.-bound traffic to the Ambassador Bridge.

People planning to head to the U.S. through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel were diverted to the Ambassador Bridge on Monday morning.

A backhoe ruptured an eight-centimetre (four-inch) natural gas line near the entrance of the international crossing in downtown Windsor.

The rupture happened at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Goyeau and Wyandotte streets.

Windsor Fire and Rescue crews arrived to find natural gas blowing into the air.

"The wind helped dissipate some of the natural gas," said fire prevention officer Dave O'Neil.

O'Neil didn't know how long the tunnel would remain closed to outbound traffic but crews from Union Gas were on scene by approximately 10:30 a.m. and were trying to repair the pipe.

Five gas mains were shut down in order to work on the problem, according to Windsor Fire and Rescue. Approximately 100 people were going to be without gas service during the repair, which was to be completed by 11:30 a.m.

Commuters can check border wait times on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's website.