re-opened after oil tanker crash at Bridgwater
suffered long delays on the M5 and surrounding roads in the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Wednesday following a tanker crash that completely closed
England re-opened the M5 southbound cariageway at junction 23
at 6pm on Wednesday evening, but the northbound cariageway didn't
re-open until early on Thursday morning after resurfacing work
comes after an oil tanker overturned on the northbound carriageway
of the M5 at junction 23 at 9am, spilling 1,000 litres of kerosene,
resulting in closures in both directions.
A huge clean-up operation took place with fears that some of
may have entered a waterway next to the motorway, which
the Environment Agency investigated.
lorry driver suffered bruises and was left shocked but was otherwise
unhurt in the accident, which was reportedly caused by a tyre
police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were called
at just before 9am after a tanker carrying kerosene overturned
just before the slip-road at junction 23 northbound."
top of the tanker split and kerosene spilt onto the carriageway."
were full closures in place at junction 23 southbound (Bridgwater)
and junction 24 northbound (Huntworth/Bridgwater)."
working with our colleagues in the other emergency services at
the scene and the remainder of the fuel will need to be removed
from the tanker before it can be recovered."
A fire service spokesman added: "Hazardous materials officers
from the Fire Service have also attended the scene. The tanker
had 6,500 litres of kerosene on board, and a significant amount
of this had leaked from the vehicle."
"Fire crews set to work using compressed air foam to cover
the leaked fuel, and used environmental protection packs to block
nearby drains to restrict the spread of the leak."
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