O’Brien Highway in Cambridge reopens after spill

A Cambridge section of O’Brien Highway was shut down for two hours after at least one canister of lubricant broke open after falling from the back of an MBTA truck just after 10 a.m., officials said.

The stretch of highway between Land Boulevard and Leverett Circle was closed while State Police, the Cambridge Fire Department, and the MBTA responded to clear the spill, according to a tweet sent out by State Police. Traffic was diverted at the Gilmore Bridge.

The truck was carrying Glidex, a lubricant often used on railroad tracks and switches.

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MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said one five-gallon container fell from the truck. According to Cambridge fire’s incident report, two containers fell from the truck and brokenk open, spilling Glidex just near the entrance of the Museum of Science parking garage entrance.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said it was a minor spill. But because the substance’s cleanup requires special product, it would take roughly two hours to obtain the product and clean the spill.

State Police said the highway reopened just after 1 p.m.

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