Thursday, September 29, 2022

Motorists Cautioned Against Driving Through Oil Spills

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The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has cautioned motorists against driving through oil spills after several vehicles skidded off the road as a result of an oil spill on the Choc Hill on Wednesday.

If you notice an oil spill please report it to the Fire Service and do not drive through it,” says SLFS Media Liaison Officer, Stacy Joseph.

“An oil spill on the road, especially in wet conditions, poses a very big risk to motorists, especially motorcyclists and cyclists,” Joseph observed.

“If you notice an oil spill please report it to the Fire Service and do not drive through it. If you realize that your vehicle is leaking oil, please do the responsible and considerate thing by pulling over and having your vehicle towed to ensure the safety of other road users,” she urged.

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Joseph told St Lucia Times that on Wednesday at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Saint Lucia Fire service received a call informing of an oil spill on the Choc Hill, which resulted in several vehicles skidding off the road.   

She disclosed that the Gros Islet Fire Station immediately made a response with one fire appliance and two utility vehicles.

According to the SLFS Media Liaison Officer, the responding officers found that the spill was in the southbound lane, from the top of the hill extending down to the Choc Roundabout.

Joseph explained that the interest of safety, officers from the Gros Islet Police Station halted all vehicular traffic to the area.  

She said due to the size of the spill, it was necessary and more efficient to use sand to contain it.

As a result,  the two utility vehicles were employed to transport the sand to the scene.

Joseph told St Lucia Times that the road remained closed throughout the night.

But she observed that due to heavy overnight showers, the oil soaked sand was washed away from the road. 

“During a follow-up inspection of the area at 7:30 a.m. on November 19, officers deemed the road safe for use by vehicular traffic,” Joseph said. 

No one was reported injured as it relates to this incident, she revealed.

Headline photo: Courtesy Chuttersnap

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