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UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Leak has been secured; drivers can use northbound lanes on Newtown Road; all lanes in the area should be open by 10 a.m., Norfolk fire officials say.
NORFOLK -- A gas leak hit during the middle of the morning rush on a busy Norfolk road.

Newtown Road from Virginia Beach Blvd. to Interstate 264 is closed and police are directing traffic in the area.

It was just before 8 a.m. Tuesday that fire officials were called to investigate a gas line break at the old Shoney's restaurant, which is being

Virginia National Gas spokesman Duane Bourne told that line was damaged by a third party worked on the site and crews were responding to make repairs.

It wasn't clear how long the approximately 1/2 mile stretch of Newtown would be closed.

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