ls-spillWorkers on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver spread absorbent material to soak up hydraulic oil spilled earlier this morning. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


A hydraulic oil spill from a garbage truck has shutdown some of Little Silver’s heavily traveled roads and prompted multiple detours throughout the borough.

The spill, reported at about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, came from an M&S Waste Services garbage truck, which was traveling from Fair Haven. It leaked oil through the heart of the business district, all the way from Church Street, onto Prospect Avenue and just past Sycamore Avenue to Hickory Lane, Police Chief Dan Shaffery told redbankgreen.

Those roads are partially closed while local and Monmouth County workers lay down absorbents to dry out the roadways, he said.

“It’s like an ice rink out there,” Shaffery said.

No accidents were reported, but the hasty detours are backing up traffic throughout town, Shaffery said.

The borough’s public works department has laid down Speedy Dry, a chemical absorbent, and police are trying to obtain a sand truck from the county to dry the roads, Shaffery said.

Shaffery anticipates the detours to stay in effect for at least another hour.

“It’s a huge inconvenience,” he said, “but if we open up the roads, cars are going to go sideways.”