Highway 19 Closed By Oil Leak Saturday NightNovember 19, 2012, 4:44 PM HST (Updated November 19, 2012, 4:46 PM)
Oil leaking from a blown engine of a Hele-On bus resulted in the closing of both lanes of Highway 19 for more than three hours Saturday night.
The incident began at around 5 p.m. near the 22-mile marker on the Hilo side of Maulua Gulch. At that time police sent out a Nixle emergency message asking motorists to take alternative routes if possible, including Saddle Road for those heading cross-island.
A police department spokeswoman said the leaking oil extended through most of the gulch.
Both lanes had been reopened by 8:30 p.m.