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Commuter leaves 13-kilometre oil leak

The Local · 12 Mar 2012, 13:13

Published: 12 Mar 2012 13:13 GMT+01:00

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One alert driver called the fire brigade at 8.30 a.m., spokesman Wolfgang Rowenhagen told The Local.

“There was oil for 13 kilometres from Spandau all the way into the city. We needed 1,250 kilos of binder material to cover it up,” he said.

“Oil on the road is certainly a hazard, depending on how fast a vehicle is travelling, oil on the road can cause skidding and accidents. It is something we need to act quickly to remove.”

Despite the fact that following the oil trail was easy enough, and one report said there were puddles of oil at traffic lights where the culprit had obviously stopped for red lights, authorities had no luck tracing the driver.

“The police are looking for the source vehicle, but the trail petered out on Olivaer Platz,” said Rowenhagen.

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“It must have been a big car, or a truck or bus, or perhaps even a truck transporting old oil – no normal car would have had so many litres of oil to lose,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

22:29 March 12, 2012 by zeddriver
Sounds more like an oil transport of some sort. Perhaps a valve was left on.
16:10 March 13, 2012 by Lionel Tiger
If you measured the distance between the pools of oil and the white stop line, it might give an indication to the length of the vehicle, and the size and shape. From the sounds of it the vehicle was travelling into the city.
16:03 March 14, 2012 by Joe Wutbürger
Do they have Reliant Robins over here?
17:38 March 16, 2012 by Whipmanager
Post #3: If you were to measure the distance frmo the Stop mark (White hold line) to the spill, it is still no indicator of how large the vehicle is since you couldn't be sure if the vehicle stops further from teh line or if there was traffic between it and the white line. You coudl look at camera film and find out who it is. There has to be some video taken along the route soemwhere.....Maybe it was a form of ecco terrorism? Just kidding.13 kilometers...you wont get a car to have that much oil, and most trucks either. And if the photo were real, look how wide the streak is, it would have to be an oil transport of some sort.
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