SINGAPORE - An oil spill on the eastbound Pan Island Expressway (PIE), after the Jurong Town Hall Road exit, resulted in two lanes being closed off to traffic for around four hours on Monday afternoon.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Twitter at 3.42pm that two lanes on the highway, in the direction of Changi, were closed because of the spill, and advised motorists to find alternative routes.
One of the lanes was reopened at 6pm and the other at 7pm.
The Straits Times understands that a tanker carrying diesel was involved in the accident, and the road has to be repaved.
Meanwhile, the road closures resulted in a traffic snarl which tailed back for as far as 2km.
Student Jollyn Cheong, 24, who drove past the scene at around 3pm, said: "Traffic was really slow. It took me about half an hour to clear the accident site."
Ms Cheong said the tanker was parked to one side of the highway, and the spill stretched for around 300m. "All the lanes except lane 1 were closed. There were many police cars at the scene, with officers trying to redirect traffic,"she said.
On Friday (Jan 29), an accident on the Bukit Timah Expressway in the morning resulted in oil leaking from a Malaysian-registered palm-oil tanker.
A 12-hour clean-up and road repaving operation was needed to clean up the spill, which occurred just after the Mandai exit, in the southbound direction.