A38 re-opens after fuel spill

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By Em_Williams | Friday, December 14, 2012, 15:47

The A38 Saltash Road has re-opening following a fuel spill last night. The fuel tanker, which fell on its side yesterday evening, was recovered this lunchtime. Since then the Highways Agency has been removing the top layer of tarmac to make the road safe for motorists. Devon and Cornwall Police are asking drivers to obey any local speed restrictions and say the road may have to close again or use traffic lights from 8pm tonight for resurfacing work.

The situation was declared a major incident and police, fire, highways and the Environment Agency have all been on scene helping with the recovery and clear up.

The fuel tanker broke down on the A38 at Menheniot at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon. While being towed away shortly before 7pm, the tanker came away from the tow truck at the top of a steep dual carriageway between Tideford and Landrake.

The vehicle rolled down the hill, jack-knifed and turned on its side, rupturing its skin and spilling unleaded petrol down the road.

It's not known exactly how much fuel has been spilt but the tanker was fully laden with 38,000 litres and at least one fuel cell containing 7,000 litres was ruptured. Fuel specialists were called in overnight to pump the remaining fuel from the tanker.

Only two houses were nearby but as both were outside of the cordon that had been set up there was no need to evacuate.



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