A Fonterra driver escaped serious injury after his tanker rolled in Southland, spilling thousands of litres of milk along the roadside.
The accident happened on the Otautau-Tuatapere Road, about 16km from Otautau, just before 2am yesterday.
Fonterra Edendale operations manager Keith Mason said the driver managed to walk away from the wreckage after he failed to negotiate a right-hand bend.
He spent yesterday afternoon resting at home with his family after the ordeal, Mr Mason said.
"It's a pretty big call having to ring somebody's wife and family at two o'clock in the morning to tell them their husband or partner's been involved [in an accident]."
The crash caused the tanker to leak about 12,000 litres of milk, Mr Mason said. An independent investigation into what caused the accident was likely to be finished in a few weeks.
Environment Southland compliance manager Simon Mapp said the milk was contained.
- The Southland Times