Oil leak causes 30km traffic jam

13th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Morning rush-hour traffic on the E19 motorway between Antwerp and Brussels was seriously delayed on Wednesday due to an oil leak and a series of accidents.

13 September 2006

BRUSSELS — Morning rush-hour traffic on the E19 motorway between Antwerp and Brussels was seriously delayed on Wednesday due to an oil leak and a series of accidents.

Two lanes of the E19 were closed between 6.45am and 9.30am at Peutie (near Vilvoorde), leading to a 30km traffic jam.

The oil leak was caused by a metal object lying on the road. Several trucks drove over the object and the oil tank of one of the trucks was ruptured, leading to an oil leak. The truck was forced to stop on the motorway itself.

It cost the fire brigade two hours to clean up the oil spill, which was spread over 600m. The truck also needed to be towed away and the motorway was not fully reopened until 9.30am.

The partial road closure led to a 30km traffic jam, with traffic banked up to Kontich. The A12 motorway, which was advised as an alternative route, was also heavily congested.

Minor accidents also occurred in the traffic jams on the E19 and A12. No injuries were reported, but the accidents delayed traffic even further.

The traffic situation was expected to improve throughout Wednesday afternoon.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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