Oil spill briefly closes Newport News road

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Crews responded to a large oil spill near W. Mercury Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Newport News Police and Fire Departments are currently at the scene. The fire department contained the spill after an unknown vehicle spilled approximately 20 gallons of oil. A private contractor was also called.

All lanes were reopened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Two westbound lanes headed toward the James River Bridge were previously closed.

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