Farmington, Hills police deal with greasy mess on Grand River

Farmington Public Safety and Department of Public Services crews spent most of Monday morning cleaning up a cooking grease spill that stretched along Grand River from just east of Nine Mile to Orchard Lake Road.

Authorities closed the Grand River/Orchard Lake intersection, blocked several cross streets, and re-routed traffic for about six hours.

The truck belongs to a company that picks up and disposes of cooking grease from local restaurants. The driver had just serviced the A&W drive-in at Grand River and Hawthorne and drove away without capping the truck’s tank.

Public Safety Director Frank Demers said the messiest area was at Nine Mile and Grand River. Sand spread all along the route, and the company brought in a front-end loader with a brush that removed the sand and grease.

“You can still see remnants,” he said Monday evening, “but the smell and the slickness are greatly decreased.”

The driver was ticketed by Farmington Hills Police. Demers said the company was very cooperative in helping with the cleanup.