Mentor: I-90 eastbound lane, ramp back open

3:37 AM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
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MENTOR -- The right lane of I-90 eastbound between SR 306 and SR 615 is back open to traffic after crews cleaned up from a fire on a tractor trailer carrying hundreds of cases of motor oil early Monday morning.

Both the right lane and entrance ramp to I-90 eastbound from SR 306 are back open in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour.

The city of Mentor has provided message boards in the area to notify motorists.

The entrance ramp to I-90 eastbound from SR 306 was still closed Monday evening and crews again closed the right lane as they continued the cleanup.

Mentor Fire Chief Richard Harvey estimates between 4,000 and 5,000 gallons of motor oil, gear lube and brake fluid spilled from the truck involved in Monday morning's truck fire.

A portion of the spill entered a nearby culvert and ran into a pond located on the westbound side of the interstate.

The EPA was on hand for cleanup efforts and will return to the scene Tuesday morning. A cleanup crew was hired by the trucking company involved in the incident and that crew will remain on the scene until the area is clear.

Crews have used sand and other oil-absorbing materials to soak up the oil and they are in the process of removing it from the roadway and disposing of it.

Once the materials are removed from the roadway, crews will use a pressure washer on the highway before it is reopened to traffic.

Motorists were being detoured via SR 306 to SR 84 to SR 615 to I-90 eastbound. Again, the I-90 eastbound exit ramp to SR 306 is open.

It has been reported that the materials were being disposed of into a dumpster during cleanup, but some of the materials leaked out of the dumpster back onto the lane.

Crews are currently bringing in more equipment and hope to have the area back open to traffic by the morning rush.

Drivers should still avoid the area if possible.

Hazmat crews were on the scene throughout Monday morning and afternoon for cleanup from the oil fire and the chemicals used to extinguish the flames.

The fire started on the truck's tires and spread to the trailer hauling approximately 350 cases of motor oil, officials say.

The driver of the truck is safe and doing fine, Mentor police said.

Mentor fire crews were assisted on the scene by multiple neighboring fire departments.


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