Two diesel spills slow down drivers

16:00, Feb 20 2013

Motorists were delayed and diverted after diesel spilled on two separate stretches of road north of New Plymouth yesterday morning.

One spill happened at the intersection of De Havilland Dr in Bell Block and State Highway 3, and another was at the corner of Princess St and the highway in Waitara. Part of De Havilland Dr was closed for a period of time and speed restrictions were put in place.

Sergeant Stephen Richardson, of the highway patrol, said the diesel solution had leaked from a modified tanker travelling from Bell Block to a well site in Tikorangi.

Fire brigades, the Taranaki Regional Council and roading contractors worked to contain and clean up the spill, and sand was poured on the affected part of the road. Last night the sand and speed restrictions were still in place but everything was expected to be back to normal today.

Mr Richardson said a large quantity of the diesel solution had leaked on to the road and the spills measured between 20 metres and 40m long. Police were investigating how the spills happened.

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