PORTOLA VALLEY (CBS SF) — Authorities have shut down an Interstate Highway 280 on-ramp near Portola Valley this morning as a hazardous materials team examines two mysterious containers found there Monday morning.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief John Pearl said a crew performing roadside cleanup found two plastic 55-gallon drums in the area of the Alpine Road on-ramp at about 8:20 a.m.

Cal Fire, Santa Clara County fire and the Woodside Fire Protection District were called to the scene to investigate what is inside the containers.

It appears the drums might contain some type of oil, Pearl said. There has been very little leakage, and none has spilled into any waterways, he said.

The on-ramp has been shut down, and Pearl did not yet have an estimate for when it would reopen.

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Comments (2)
  1. Justin Goble says:

    more waste of tax payer money

  2. ani says:

    I have no clue to what you have ben complaining about. The article was merely stating that hazardous containers were both found on the outstretch near the ramp that goes onto 280. There should be an investigation started to see where the containers were from and how they got there.. IF the contaminants were spilled into the ground water, serious problems would develop.

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