A tanker truck leaked used restaurant cooking grease over several La Jolla streets today, creating a slippery mess that forced the closure of traffic lanes in the seaside community.
The driver of the big rig, operated by a company that collects waste grease from food-preparation businesses, apparently forgot to close a tank valve after making a stop in the 6700 block of La Jolla Boulevard around noon, according to San Diego police.
Grease leaked onto that thoroughfare and sections of Girard Avenue, Pearl Street and Torrey Pines Road as the trucker drove through the coastal town, SDPD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.
Officers blocked off one lane on stretches of all four streets and directed motorists around the closures while municipal crews mopped up the mess. No serious traffic problems resulted, though the slick road conditions led to several near-collisions, according to Munoz.
The grease-collection company will be responsible for reimbursing the city for cleanup costs, she said.
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