The main street of Shannon has re-opened after a petrol tanker, which crashed yesterday afternoon was safely removed.
The cleanup took several hours on the section of State Highway 57 along Plimmer Tce as fuel was transferred from the truck. The road was reopened about 1am.
This morning the smell of fuel was still noticeable in the Horowhenua town, while mounds of dirt blocked drains to prevent fuel from seeping in.
Police had asked Shannon residents to stay indoors with their windows closed after the crash, which involved two other vehicles.
The tanker rolled outside the Four Square minimarket in the town at 3.55pm Monday, blocking the road and causing traffic delays.
Police and emergency services attended and a crane was called in to lift the truck upright.
The two other vehicles, a white sedan and a grey sedan, were involved in the crash but nobody was hurt.
The white sedan had damage to its front, while the grey car was shunted onto the footpath.
Four Square manager Corey MacMillan described the sound of the crash as "incredible".
"It was a boom and a bang and I looked up and saw a petrol tanker sliding past the front door."
Mr MacMillan said he rushed out to help the occupants of the grey car.
He could smell petrol from the tanker so wanted to get them out quickly.
"The ladies were stuck but I jemmied their doors open and helped them out."
Petrol had leaked onto the road and into drains.
"Petrol has entered a waterway but there is no risk to stock because the river is in high flow," Horizons Regional Council spokeswoman Caroline Rowe said.
"Horizons staff are using equipment to suck (the petrol) up and will be on the scene for several hours."
Police evacuated the street and said travellers should expect delays.
Diversions have been put in place around Shannon.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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