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TRUCK'S HYDRAULIC FLUID SPILL BACKS UP FREEWAY FOR MILES SLIPPERY LIQUID HAD TO BE SOPPED UP, THEN CLEANED UP.

Byline: Amy Raisin Darvish Staff Writer

VALENCIA - Traffic backed up for miles Friday on the Golden State Freeway as Caltrans crews worked to clean up a lengthy trail of slick fluid that poured from a 30-ton truck, authorities said.

Hydraulic fluid began leaking from a hose on the truck just north of Magic Mountain Parkway and poured out for 1 1/2 miles, all the way to state Highway 126.

``It covered two lanes of traffic and it was very, very slick,'' said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol's Newhall station. ``We closed down two lanes of traffic to get it cleaned up.''

Interstate 5's two northbound right lanes were closed until 1:40 p.m., bringing traffic to a crawl as far back as the Antelope Valley Freeway junction. The Old Road, which parallels Interstate 5 through the Newhall Pass and up to Castaic, was choked by motorists looking for a quicker route.

The fluid had to be covered with sand or another type of absorbent material - which then had to be removed - before traffic could resume, Hahn said.

``It's a lot of work, but they have to absorb that stuff - even a fuel spill - before it's safe for cars,'' Hahn said.

Amy Raisin Darvish, (661) 257-5254

amy.raisin(at)dailynews.com

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(color) Absorbent pads soak up hydraulic fluid that spilled from this truck along the Golden State Freeway near the Highway 126 interchange on Friday.

David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
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Date:Aug 14, 2004
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