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DHEC: Truck leaks hydraulic oil into Earlewood storm drains


A truck that was cleaning storm drains in the Earlewood neighborhood sprung a leak and caused gallons of hydraulic oil to leak into the drains, according to DHEC.

Jim Beasley, a spokesperson from the environmental agency, says the department received a call about the incident around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When officials arrived, they saw the leaking truck at the corner of Clark and Florence Street. Road crews quickly put sand down in an effort to stop the flow of oil.

DHEC and City of Columbia transportation crews were back at the scene Wednesday morning to check things out.

The city had a contractor vacuuming out the storm drain.

Neighbors say the street was a big mess.

"I came out about 7:30, quarter to eight and the whole street was covered in oil and it smelled terrible," said Virginia Bradford. "It was halfway down the block on Florence Street and it smelled terrible, it looked terrible. It was literally like you'd think it was rain except it was oil or fluid, some kind of fluid that was very strong."

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