10,000 gallon oil spill hospitalizes two, rises knee-high in some areas

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GLENDALE, Calif (KTLA) — Two women were hospitalized after about 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled near Glendale and Atwater Village Thursday morning when an above-ground oil line broke, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Police responded to a call for traffic control at 5175 W. San Fernando Rd. at 1:15 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Richard Parks said.

An above-ground oil line broke, spilling crude oil across a half-mile area, according to an LAFD alert.

West San Fernando Road was closed form Chevy Chase Drive to Electronic Place, Parks said.

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The two women were transported after stating they were nauseous, although it was not clean why they became nauseous, Katherine Main with LAFD said.

LAFD initially estimated about 1 million gallons had spilled.

The amount was downgraded to 50,000, then 10,000 around 8 a.m.

Oil was knee-high in some areas and multiple commercial businesses in the area were affected, the LAFD alert stated.

Those in the area reported a very strong odor.

The LAFD was being supported by the LAPD and Department of Transportation in the cleanup efforts, an LAPD news release stated.

By Ashley Soley-Cerro

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