crystal palace: oil spill on road sparks chaos in south london - oil spill absorbent
Today, police closed a major road in southern London because it was left in a dangerous state by a large number of oil spills.
Anerley Hill had to shut down after the leak, which is believed to have come from nearby cranes, making the tarmac "dangerous ".
The road is covered with sand and absorbent particles, but this evening it is still closed to traffic traveling south until at least tomorrow morning.
Many bus routes in the Croydon and Bromley areas have been delayed, while cyclists returning home from work have also been taken to Twitter to warn of the disaster.
A spokesman for the Bromley committee said: "The oil spill has affected quite a long road distance and has divided enough numbers to make the road surface dangerous.
"It is not possible to clean up the oil and, therefore, as a treatment, the dry mixture of sand and spills has been laid into the affected area.
"The diversion is in place and the road will remain closed until further assessment of the road surface is made at least tomorrow morning.
"157, 249, 358, 410 and 432 of bus lines should be diverted.
Transport to London said: "Due to a large overflow, A214 Anerley Hill closed in two directions during the Crystal Palace parade.
The video showed a large crane being towed from the scene of the oil spill.