INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A suspected fuel line leak closed a section of West 56th Street on the city's northwest side Thursday morning, and the closure continued through the afternoon.
Around 4 a.m. emergency crews were called to the 3900 block of West 56th Street on a report of a petroleum product of some sort on the ground.
At least 9,000 gallons of diesel and water has seeped along the pavement. Some of that has spilled into a grassy area, saturating the ground.
West 56th Street was closed to traffic between Guion Road and Arabian Run. Use Cooper Road and 62nd Street to get around the area, says 24-Hour News 8 Traffic Reporter Julie Patterson.
Traffic may not reopen until Friday morning.
Fire crews and Health Department representatives were on the scene Thursday in an attempt to contain the spill. Crews were trying to recover the material off the ground.
Crews are still working to determine the source of the leak. It's believed the source of the leak is between two pipelines. Either a Marathon or BP pipeline is causing of the leak. Drilling has started this afternoon to determine which pipeline is the culprit.
They conducted tests on the spilled material and determined it is not flammable. Originally, officials believed the substance might have been flammable.
Crews will have to vacuum up the product spilled. The leak may have started a day, even a week ago, according to Barry Sneed with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The Pike Township School bus depot is located just west of the spill site and there were no reports of any bus delays.
No one was immediately evacuated.
Residents concerned about ground water should contact Marion County Health Department at 317-221-2266.
Check back at WISHTV.com for updates.
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