10,000 gallons of oil spill on L.A. streets; EMS transports 2

Four people complained of respiratory difficulties; two were transported to the hospital


 The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Crews have vacuumed up most of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets after a high-pressure pipe burst.

Fire Capt. Jaime Moore says oil spilled early Thursday over approximately half a mile and was knee-high in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village near the border of Glendale.

A handful of commercial businesses were affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.

Moore says four people at a medical business were evaluated with respiratory complaints, and two people were transferred to a hospital.

An environmental cleaning company is sopping up the remaining oil and will use high-pressure hoses to wash the streets. Officials previously said 50,000 gallons had spilled.

Moore says the pipe burst at a transfer pumping station along a pipeline that runs from Bakersfield to Texas.

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