Oil spill on Lornie Road causes rush-hour jam
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AN OIL spill on Lornie Road caused massive traffic snarls and disrupted bus services during rush hour yesterday morning, in the fourth such incident in less than three weeks.
A mobile crane had broken down and leaked hydraulic oil, The Straits Times understands.
At around 4.15am yesterday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to this.
Two fire engines were deployed to clear up the spill, which affected two stretches of Lornie Road. One stretch had to be resurfaced.
The closure of the stretch between Andrew Road and Wallace Way caused a jam of a few kilometres until the Woodleigh underpass during rush hour yesterday. A traffic tailback was reported on Upper Thomson Road as well.
A few SBS Transit bus services skipped stops along Thomson, Lornie and Adam roads for about an hour until around 9.40am.
The stretch of Lornie Road between Andrew Road and Wallace Way reopened at 12.30pm.
Another stretch along the up-ramp from Braddell Road to the Lornie viaduct was reopened at 4.30pm.
In a statement at 4.42pm, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it had completed washing and resurfacing works at the two stretches of roads.
The National Environment Agency said its service provider was at the site to clean up the oil spill from the early morning until 10.10am.
LTA then deployed a water-blasting machine to clear the spill.
This is the fourth oil spill following incidents on the Bukit Timah Expressway, Pan-Island Expressway and Kampong Bahru Road between Jan 29 and Feb 2.
Tarmac on the affected stretches was resurfaced in all three previous incidents.
Last year, seven out of 1,625 oil spills on Singapore's roads required resurfacing of the roads.
Chia Hong Ju, 30, a shipbroker, saw that part of the left lane from the start of Lornie Road at the end of Thomson flyover was inaccessible at 7.50am.
"I kept to the right lane and was only in the (traffic) build-up for less than 15 minutes," he said.