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Oil spill chokes traffic on highway

mumbai Updated: Jan 07, 2010 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent

The Western Express Highway from Santacruz Bridge till Kherwadi junction remained clogged for over two hours on Wednesday morning as the traffic police were busy covering up an oil spill caused by a lorry whose tire had burst in the middle of the road.

The traffic police took more than two hours put the lorry to one side and cover up the spill as office goers waited impatiently to travel a distance that takes 10 minutes normally. The traffic remained clogged from 10 am to 12 pm.

“I travel by the Highway in order to save time but on Wednesday it took me more than half hour just to reach from Santacruz to Kherwadi in Bandra east. The traffic police did not even make the effort to clear the traffic for more than two hours,” said Siddharth Sharma, (23) who was on his way to his office in Lower Parel.

“I just watched helplessly as the traffic stood still. My car was stuck right in the middle of the road and had no other option but to wait. Drivers were going crazy honking their horns,” said Sapna Desai, a fashion designer who was on her way a boutique in Dadar.

Inspector S Maykar, from the Vakola traffic police, said a lorry’s tyre had burst on the Vakola Bridge leading to an oil spill.

“Our rider was right there at the spot who shifted the lorry to one side of the road and after we put mud on the road to cover the oil spill the traffic was also cleared.”