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Oil Slick Slows Down Traffic Near Hannibal


Traffic is back to normal in Hannibal after a cooking oil spill on Highway 61.

It happened just before six o'clock at the intersection of 61 and Warren Barrett.

Officials say they found some sort of tube lying in the northbound lanes and a large slick of oil.

The fire department closed down that spot so vehicles would not slide on the oil, and spent several minutes trying to figure out what they were dealing with. "Hauling an open pipe like that wouldn't be a hazardous material for one, and then it was obvious from the consistency and the smell that it was just a cooking oil," said Assistant Chief Jeff Frame.

MODOT was called in to put down sand to soak up the oil.

Crews were concerned how the freezing temperatures would affect the substance.

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