A 50-year-old MichCon employee, Thomas Issac, died Tuesday afternoon while attempting to seal a hole in a gas line in the 400 block of Moran Road, according to Public Safety Department.
Officers closed Moran Road at the split with Madison Avenue for more than an hour and it remained blocked off by orange cones well after. The Farms Public Safety Department issued a written release about the investigation.
Employees from the gas company responded to a report of a gas leak in the area and dug a hole in front of one of the homes. Issac was in the hole attempting to attach a flow seal clamp to a hole in the gas line when it partially collapsed, according to the release.
His partner called 911 reporting to a dispatcher that Issac was unconscious in a hole and that a gas line had ruptured. Public Safety officers arrived on the scene within about a minute, pulled Issac from the hole, where gas was rapidly escaping, according to the release.
Paramedics treated him at the scene and during the ambulance drive to . He was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to the release.
Issac worked for the company for 20 years and no other injuries were reported as a result of the gas leak. Some residents and nearby businesses were evacuated temporarily while emergency crews assessed the situation.
The man's death is under investigation.
MichCon crews remain on the scene but there is no current danger to area residents, according to another release by the Farms Public Safety Department. The crews are continuing to do safety checks and are working to resolve the leak. While it is safe for residents to return to their homes, the roadway remains blocked and motorists are encouraged to find another route.
This story was updated Tuesday Oct. 4 about 9 p.m. to include additional information released by Grosse Pointe Farms.