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ST. BERNARDPARISH, La. -- St. Bernard Highway from Jacob Drive in Chalmette to Munster Drive in Meraux was shut down to traffic for hours because of a hazmat situation.

A Valero plant spokeswoman says around 2:30 p.m. a 'small amount of oil' released from the crude unit at the facility and spilled on to the highway. According to the sheriff's office, the highway reopened around 8:30 p.m.

A plug on a pipeline running across St. Bernard Highway failed, according to State Police, causing the spill. Crews used sand to clean up the spill.

A Valero spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported, but confirmed some people reported getting crude oil on vehicles.

Several St. Bernard Sheriff's Office vehicles, two school buses and numerous other vehicles were struck by the spray as they passed on the roadway, some were hit in a lot across the street and south of railroad tracks that parallel the highway, according to the sheriff's office.

Tania Dall contributed to this report.

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