Emergency services alerted after trailer leaks bitumen on Taranaki highway

Emergency services were alerted after bitumen began leaking on a main highway in Taranaki from a trailer that detached from a truck on Monday.
The crash happened about 10.50am on State Highway 3, Mountain Rd, Ngaere, and police, firefighters and St John ambulance staff are attending the scene.

Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) and Stratford District Council were also advised of the crash.

A hazardous materials unit along with a fire engine from the New Plymouth brigade attended the scene to assist two engines from Eltham.

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A police spokeswoman said the south bound lane was blocked and diversions were in place around the crash site.

A truck has lost its trailer on State Highway 3 between Sole Rd and Finnerty Rd.

Bitumen was leaking from a trailer on SH3, near Ngaere, after it became detached from the truck towing it on Monday.

She said the driver was not injured in the crash.

The Stratford District Council had dispatched contractors to the scene, she said.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand communications central region shift manager Mike Wanoa confirmed the callout had been upgraded after the trailer began leaking bitumen near a waterway.

Firefighters were using Class-B foam to prevent the bitumen from catching fire while waiting for the hazardous materials unit to arrive.

TRC director resource management Fred McLay said an investigation was underway and would determine whether any further action would be required.

Our initial investigation found that the bitumen leak has been stopped and spilled material has been contained, recovery is underway and no contaminants have reached any waterways, McLay said.


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