Fluid spill snarls Saturday traffic along Route 202

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Safety officials work to monitor traffic during a fluid spill cleanup Saturday on Route 202 near Trains Quick Stop. (Lebanon Fire and EMS photo)

EAST LEBANON - Maine safety officials today are trying to track down a vehicle that may have leaked an unknown quantity of what is suspected to have been hydraulic fluid that made for a dangerous day at Train Quick Stop on Saturday.

Lebanon Fire and EMS reported they were dispatched around 10:30 a.m. to check out the spill, which had led to several vehicles slipping on the substance and out onto the highway.

Surveillance tapes from Trains were requested as part of the investigation, and a vehicle of interest was soon identified as well as the time of the incident, said to have been sometime late Friday afternoon.

With so many hours going by since the initial spill, numerous vehicles had driven through the substance, spreading it down Route 202, according to Lebanon Fire and EMS.

The highway was reduced to one lane for a period of time, with eastbound traffic being detoured onto Creamery Hill Road and back onto Route 202.

Maine DOT was called in to spread sand on the slippery surfaces, and the state's Department of Environmental Protection was also called in to oversee the cleanup.

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