TRAFFIC chaos hit the city yesterday after a main road was closed following a diesel spill.
Gdynia Way remained inaccessible overnight while a clean-up operation was under way.
The Herald understands an unidentified lorry is believed to be responsible for the spill, which left motorists skidding on the road.
Police were alerted to it by concerned drivers shortly after 8am.
But the impact was still being felt by the afternoon rush hour when heavy traffic was reported in several areas.
A spokesman for Plymouth City Council said: "We are working with the Environment Agency to ensure any environmental and safety risks are minimised.
"The clean-up operation has so far included clearing and sand-bagging gullies and drains, as well as sweeping and gritting the road."
A spokesman for South West Water added: "We are aware of the diesel spill on Gdynia Way, Plymouth, and have informed staff at Plymouth Central Sewage Treatment Works who will adjust the treatment process as necessary.
"This is not an uncommon occurrence across the region and our works are fully equipped to deal with such events."