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Spill of animal fat closes US 40, State Road 9 in downtown Greenfield

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Westbound U.S. 40 and both directions of State Road 9 were closed Wednesday afternoon in downtown Greenfield after a spill of animal fat and then a rainstorm “has turned the roadway into an ice skating rink!” the city’s police department says.

“Expect this closure to be in place for a few hours,” Greenfield police said in a Facebook post just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

By 9:33 p.m., the roads had reopened.

“Thanks to Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central for all of their hard work cleaning up this slippery situation,” the city police posted on Facebook.

About a mile of U.S. 40, also known locally as Main Street, was closed from State Road 9/North State Street to Apple Street/South Morristown Pike, police say.

A block of northbound State Road 9 was closed from U.S. 40 to North State Street.

Southbound traffic on State Road 9 was being diverted about a mile north at McKenzie Road.