52km oil slick leads to chaotic morn­ing on Kerry’s roads

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

GAR­DAÍ have asked for the pub­lic’s help as the try to trace a truck driver who is thought to be re­spon­si­ble for a 52 kilo­me­tre oil slick that caused traf­fic chaos on the county’s roads last Satur­day.

The oil slick – which it is thought was caused by a leak from an oil tanker – started in Abbeyfeale and even­tu­ally stretched all the way to Fossa.

Roads in Abbeyfeale, Castleis­land, Far­ran­fore, Kil­lar­ney, Lawlor’s Cross and Fossa were af­fected with sev­eral emer­gency trucks called in to deal with the 52km slick by cov­er­ing it with sand and special oil ab­sorbent chem­i­cals.

The slick caused se­ri­ous prob­lems for mo­torists with many skids and near misses re­ported in the af­fected area.

Af­ter the scale of the prob­lem be­came ap­par­ent – at around 11.30am on Satur­day morn­ing – a na­tional warn­ing was is­sued to ad­vise mo­torists of the treach­er­ous con­di­tions.

Gar­daí are now seek­ing the driver, or own­ers, of the leak­ing truck re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the po­ten­tially lethal slick. Any­one who saw the ve­hi­cle or who has any in­for­ma­tion on it or its driver’s where­abouts is urged to con­tact Tralee Garda Sta­tion at 066-7102300.

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