Spill closes sections of 10th Street on west side through rush hour

A fuel spill has closed eastbound 10th Street between Interstate 465 and Holt Road on the west side, authorities say. (Photo Provided/Wayne Township Fire Department)


All of 10th Street has reopened to vehicular traffic, Speedway police reported at 8:42 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 10-block spill of used motor oil has closed large portions of 10th Street Thursday on the city’s west side, authorities said.

Capt. Michael Pruitt with Wayne Township Fire Department said the closing is expected to go through the afternoon rush hour as crews clean up the spill.

Westbound 10th Street was closed from Holt Road to Interstate 465.

Eastbound 10th Street was closed from I-465 to Lynnhurst Drive.

The spill extends roughly from the Allison Transmission plant west to where 10th Street crosses Eagle Creek, authorities said.

About 2 p.m. Thursday, a truck began leaking oil and made the 10th Street slippery amid scattered rain, said a news release from Sgt. Jim Thiele of Speedway Police Department.

Pruitt said authorities discovered the spill following a vehicle crash at 10th Street and Lynnhurst Drive. He said authorities then learned a semitractor-tanker had leaked the waste oil product. The tanker can hold 9,000 gallons.

The fire department is using sand and other devices to clean up the spill and keep it from leaking into storm drains, Pruitt said. Four private companies are assisting.

The Marion County Health Department is on scene.