OAKLAND -- The eastbound bore of the Caldecott Tunnel was briefly closed early Monday evening after a big rig stalled inside of the tube and was unable to move out of a pool of spilled oil, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The big rig was traveling eastbound on Highway 24 about 4:30 p.m. when it got stuck in the left lane of the tunnel, Officer Eric Anderson said. Officers who arrived to help move the truck discovered a large amount of oil spilled across the roadway, and found that the big rig was unable to move because the tires were spinning in the slippery mess.
According to Anderson, the oil was all over the left lane of the tunnel before the big rig arrived there, and the stuck truck was not responsible for the spill. The original of the oil spill remains unknown.
Crews closed the entire eastbound bore to help the truck get through about 5:10 p.m., said Anderson, who noted that the right lane of the tunnel reopened shortly thereafter. An absorbent laid down by crews about 5 p.m. sopped up the remaining oil, and the left lane of the tunnel reopened about 5:45 p.m.