Oil spill causes severe traffic along Del Prado Boulevard

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Paul Dolan, Rachel Murphy
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An oil spill caused severe traffic in Cape Coral along Del Prado Boulevard North, where a motorcycle crashed late Wednesday morning.

Crews at the scene said the oil is likely hydraulic fluid. It covered about two miles from Four Mile Cove Parkway to Viscaya Parkway.

According to the Cape Coral Fire Department, traffic was reduced to one lane starting from the Coral Pointe Shopping Center along Del Prado Boulevard for approximately two miles.

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The Department of Transportation responded to the scene. The battalion chief said the slick conditions caused at least one crash and caused a major headache for drivers for close to seven hours.

“We responded earlier today to a small motorcycle accident, which was caused by fluid/oil on the roadway. Throughout the morning, we’ve had several calls from automobiles stating that the roadway was slick,” said Christopher Moore, battalion chief of the Cape Coral Fire Department.

One crew from the city of Cape Coral told WINK News traffic cameras will be utilized to see if they can pinpoint the exact vehicle leaking the fluid.

The roadway cleared up just before 5 p.m. this afternoon. One business owner told WINK News he couldn’t even leave to go get lunch because of the backups, so he ordered delivery and tipped the driver a little extra for dealing with the traffic.

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