It took 150 traffic policemen in addition to local police and the fire brigade to clear the road on Wednesday after a concrete mixer carrying hot tar overturned at the start of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link road (JVLR) flyover at 2.30 am.
The tar spilled all over the road causing a major traffic jam on the Western Express Highway between Jogeshwari and Kherwadi junction.
The driver of the mixer, identified only as Chouhan, lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a divider and then fled the spot soon after.
“Vehicles could not be allowed to pass as the tar was hot and wheels would have got stuck in it. The tar cooled only around 5 pm and could be cleared only by around 8 pm,” said V Mule, senior inspector of Goregaon traffic police. “Around three cranes were at work to clear the road,” Mule said. The traffic police said traffic had to be diverted in order to reduce the congestion. “There were traffic snarls all day on the Western Express Highway,” Mule said.
The Jogeshwari police have registered a case against Chouhan and are looking for him.