A38 Saltash Road Closed After Fuel Spill

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By Em_Williams | Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:59

The A38 Saltash road remains closed this morning after a major fuel spillage at Tideford yesterday evening. Thousands of litres of unleaded petrol were spilt across the carriageway when a fuel tanker fell on its side.

Emergency services were called at just before 7pm last night following reports the fuel tanker was leaking.

Three crews from Saltash, including an Enviromental Support Vehicle, and a Rescue Tender from Bodmin were sent to the scene while stocks of fire fighting foam and specialist equipment were sent by Devon Fire and Rescue Service as a precautionary measure.

Specialist teams have been working through the night to decant fuel from the tanker into containers.

This morning police and Highways Agency staff are assessing the damage to the road surface and overseeing the recovery of the fuel tanker.

Diversions have been put in place along the A388 and A390.

With fears some of the fuel may spill into the River Tidy, the Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely.

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