Driver cited for oil spill

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 05/13 2014 10:40AM

Updated 05/14 2014 10:52AM

Latest: 10:04 pm
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A truck driver was ticketed after an oil spill wreaked havoc on the morning commute. The truck carrying used motor oil spilled its contents in Urbana, on I-74, near Lincoln Avenue.

A valve on the truck was open and the oil leaked onto the Lincoln Avenue bridge. The driver kept going. He was ticketed for not shutting the valve.

Traffic was redirected while crews cleaned up the spill. The truck belongs to a company called Safety Kleen. It's based in Texas but has facilities in Urbana.
Update: 4:24 pm
URBANA -- It took a group effort to clean up the roads after an early morning oil spill. A truck carrying used motor oil spilled in I-74 near Lincoln Avenue. It didn't stop there. The driver kept going; continuing down I-74 eastbound. State troopers pulled the rig over near Oakwood, which is about 20 minutes away.

Officers say a valve on the truck opened and the oil leaked onto the Lincoln Avenue Bridge down to Cunningham Avenue. Urbana firefighters, Illinois Sate Police and IDOT all assisted in the clean-up using a type of sand to absorb the oil. Crews acted quickly to get things clean up.

The truck belongs to a company called Safety Kleen. It's out of Texas but have a facility in Urbana. The ramp heading to I-74 was closed from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Lincoln Avenue was reopened about 1 pm.

The EPA was contacted about the incident. The truck is currently out of service. Safety Kleen says there isn't anything on the truck which would have notified the driver he had a leak. Company officials say it was a malfunction on the truck, not a driver error, but the incident is still under investigation.
Original: 10:40 am
URBANA -- Multiple lanes are closed while crews clean the scene of an oil spill. It happened on I-74 near Lincoln and Killarney. A truck was headed south on Lincoln when it started leaking oil. It turned onto I-74, soaking the ramp in oil. The on ramp to I-74 east has been blocked off. Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Lincoln Avenue have all been shut down from Killarney to the I-74 exit.

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