Hundreds of gallons of transmission fluid spill onto street

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Fire officials estimate a couple hundred gallons of transmission fluid spilled onto the street in Chula Vista Monday evening, creating a slippery situation for drivers.

"We were getting reports of cars that were actually spinning out sliding and we had a lot of near misses," said Battalion Chief Darrell Roberts with Chula Vista Fire Department.

The spill affected the area of Broadway between F and Davidson streets until the lanes were reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say the mess came from a nearby auto repair shop no longer in business when someone was preparing to dispose of transmission fluid.

The spilled liquid was originally reported to be oil, but Hazmat crews conducted a test and found it to be transmission fluid.

None of the fluid went into the storm drains, but it crossed the inlet, according to City of Chula Vista spokeswoman Diane Howell. City crews decided to clean the storm drains as a precautionary measure.   Harbor Police officers checked waterways, too.

Because of that unknown amount, a number of agencies were notified including the City of Chula Vista, San Diego Hazmat, the Public Works Department and the Office of Emergency Services.

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