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Hydraulic fluid spills into San Luis Creek

SLO Fire Department contains oil floating in San Luis Creek

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department deploys a boom and pads to contain oil seen floating in San Luis Creek on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
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The San Luis Obispo Fire Department deploys a boom and pads to contain oil seen floating in San Luis Creek on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

About 5 to 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled into San Luis Creek on Wednesday afternoon.

San Luis Obispo firefighters used a boom and pads to contain the spill, which originated from Highway 101 between California Boulevard and Santa Rosa Street, Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said.

The fluid came from a cement truck that had an equipment malfunction on the highway on Tuesday afternoon, causing the fluid to leak. Crews at the time were able to build a dirt dam and contain the fluid, but for an unknown reason, the fluid started flowing into the creek Wednesday, CHP Officer Jordan Richards said.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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