A tanker with some 16,000 litres of fuel on board overturned
in Bay of Plenty this morning, leaking large quantities of
petrol and diesel.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul
Radden said the incident occurred on Old Coach Rd in
Paengaroa, south-east of Te Puke, shortly before 9am.
Two of the tanker's four compartments had ruptured, one
containing 91 petrol the other diesel.
The tanker was full and thought to contain about 16,000
litres of fuel in total, Mr Radden said.
The truck's driver was taken to hospital by ambulance. He was
not thought to be seriously injured.
Emergency workers were doing what they could to stop the fuel
going into drains and waterways to prevent environmental
Eight appliances were in attendance, including a specialist
spills unit from Tauranga.