Thousands of motorists stuck on Bay Bridge after massive spill

Highway workers attempt to clean spackle off the Bat Bridge (KRON)

(KRON) — Thousands of motorists are currently stuck in major gridlock after a massive spill shut down all lanes of the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.

California Highway Patrol officers responded at about 4 a.m. to calls about the spill near the Fremont Street exit.

Motorists were forced to exit the bridge at Fremont Street.

Crews managed to sop up the mess ahead of schedule and the CHP opened all lanes at about 6:35 a.m.

The CHP initially told KRON4 News that a flat bed truck spilled 10 to 15 five gallon buckets of paint at the Fremont Street exit. The truck did not stop. A number of cars may have driven through the spill.

KRON 4’s Will Tran has since learned that the material on the roadway is drywall spackle.

Caltrans opened the lanes only after the epoxy was removed so the lanes would be visible to motorists.

The closure has caused major delays and a miles-long gridlock, and commuters are being advised to avoid using the Bay Bridge if possible.

A CHP spokesperson told KRON4 News that the driver of the vehicle responsible for the spill was stopped and cited for having an unsafe load.

“Whenever somebody spills some type of load, they are held responsible for the clean up,” said Officer T.J. Shively, a CHP spokesman.

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