Hydraulic Fuel Spill Causes Traffic Backup
Traffic is moving again on eastbound I-10 but that wasn’t the case earlier this morning.
An unknown vehicle spilled hydraulic fluid on I-10 eastbound between the Highway 49 and Cowan-Lorraine Road exits early Monday morning. Gulfport police started receiving calls from motorists avoiding the mess around 7. The spill was only in the far right lane but for safety reasons police did condense traffic into one lane causing traffic to back up for miles.
MDOT crews were dispatched shortly afterward and began putting down sand to soak up the fluid. Sergeant Damon McDaniel with Gulfport Police Department said, “The trail of the fluid traveled onto the off ramp at Lorraine Road and continues north on Highway 605. Right now, we don’t have any vehicles that would be the cause of this, maybe, possibly an 18-wheeler. We also, thank God, we didn’t have any crashes. We just had motorists, some that were spinning a little bit but nothing to where they were having a crash.”
Shortly before 9:30 all lanes of I-10 were reopened.