Spilled fish parts grease Route 1, slow Ellsworth traffic

Posted July 17, 2012, at 3:43 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — File under “stinkiest ways to close a street.” A bait truck spill on Bridge Hill in Ellsworth made for a slippery, dangerous road Tuesday afternoon.

The unidentified bait truck lost some of its cargo along a steep curve in Bucksport Road between Court Street and the busy intersection with Route 174. By 2 p.m., a cleanup crew was on scene to remove the fish parts and grease from the street.

“There were a lot of fish heads and the oil makes it real slippery,” said Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Campbell, who was on scene to direct traffic. “If someone had come down that hill, I don’t think they would’ve been able to stop too quick.”

Two Ellsworth firefighters pressure-sprayed the street, pushing the debris to the curb and down the drain. Traffic backed up from the Courthouse Fine Art Gallery to Water Street in Ellsworth, and was slowed to one-way traffic headed south from Ellsworth toward Blue Hill on Route 172.

Units from Ellsworth Police Department also assisted at the scene. The city was planning to salt and sand the road, and officials expected the scene to be clear by late afternoon.

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