MADERA (CBS/AP) — California highway officials have closed Highway 99 in both directions just south of Madera due to a gas main rupture.

Officer Marc McWilliams with the California Highway Patrol said a tractor struck a gas main Friday morning, creating a small explosion and a fire.

The highway is shut down at Avenue 9 northbound and at Avenue 12 southbound. Rail traffic also has been halted in the area.

PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord said there are no injuries, but crews are on the scene to shut off the gas that’s blowing off the ruptured pipe.

The CHP said the highway will probably be closed for at least an hour, until the gas can be shut off.

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