RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A gas leak forced the closure of both sides of the 215 Freeway early Friday morning.

A backhoe operator was doing construction work on the southbound freeway on-ramp at Center Street around 12:50 a.m. when he hit the 12-inch gas main, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

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The freeway was closed in both directions between Iowa Avenue and the 215—60 interchange. It was reopened just before 6:30 a.m.

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Crews doused the main with water to prevent a fire.

Nearby residents were advised to shelter in place.

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