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4 students hospitalized after crew hits gas line near Queens schools

ROCKAWAY PARK, Queens — A construction crew accidentally struck a gas main in Queens on Tuesday, prompting a shelter-in-place order for nearby schools and residents, and sending four students to the hospital for evaluation, the FDNY said.

The crew struck a high-pressure gas main at 190 Beach 108 St. in Rockaway Park, FDNY said in a tweet sent at 10:42 a.m.

Fire officials said surrounding occupants and schools should shelter in place while crews work to resolve the issue.

At least 32 people were assessed by EMS at the scene, and five were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, FDNY tweeted.

Four students were taken to the hospital for “precautionary evaluation,” police said. It is not clear if the four students were among the five transports FDNY confirmed, or which school those students attend.

Police said “everything is under control” and no schools were evacuated. Scholars’ Academy and Martin De Porres High School are near the scene, though it’s unclear how far the FDNY perimeter for the shelter-in-place order extends.

Firefighters and EMS are at the scene working with NYC Office of Emergency Management.

“We spread out across the neighborhood, we used air monitoring equipment to make sure there were no hazards in the atmosphere,” FDNY tweeted.

The National Grid also responded and isolated the incident by closing several valves and cutting off the gas in the area, according to FDNY.