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Crews use kitty litter to clean up recycled cooking oil after I-5 crash in Portland

Posted August 9

— Crews used kitty litter to clean up 2,000 gallons of water and recycled cooking oil after a crash on Interstate 5 in Portland on Tuesday.

The crash occurred in the southbound lanes near North Killingsworth Street at around 7 a.m.

Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance crews spread kitty litter over the spill and then used a street sweeper to pick up the mess.

Some of the "very smelly fluid" drained into the sewer system, according to ODOT.

A machine was used to suck it back out and ODOT reports the fluids were believed to have been caught before reaching the slough.

By 12:15 p.m., all southbound lanes had reopened. ODOT said a final coating of sand was put down in the area to improve traction and also hopefully reduce the smell from the oil.

Drivers were advised to expect a slightly sandy road surface in the area.

There were no reports of injuries.


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