Oil spill closes busy Cincinnati road for hours

Oil spill on parts of Spring Grove Avenue
Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 4:06 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2023 at 9:30 AM EDT

UPDATE: The road reopened around 3 p.m.

CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A busy Cincinnati road off Interstate 75 has been shut down for hours and will remain closed due to a large oil spill overnight, police say.

All lanes on Mitchell Avenue are closed west of the highway due to “a good amount” of oil leaking from a truck onto the road just before 11 p.m. Monday, according to police.

“Cars were turning sideways when they hit it before so we shut it down. It is really slippery,” police said.

The ramps to northbound and southbound I-75 are open, police say.

The Columbus-based company that owns the truck is coming to clean up the oil but indicated they cannot arrive before 5 a.m., District 5 police say.

Once the company arrives, it’s unclear how long the cleanup will take.

The Ohio Department of Transportation responded quickly late Monday but a city Hazmat crew that also was notified opted not to come out because, according to police, the oil remains only on the road and has not run off into the sewers.

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