A truck has crashed into Lake Taupo this morning, spilling
its fuel tank into the water.
The driver of the truck escaped uninjured, when the vehicle
went off State Highway 1 at Bulli Point, between Taupo and
Turangi, and crashed down a bank into the lake after 6am.
No other vehicle was involved in the crash, northern fire
communications shift manager Scott Osmond said.
The truck, which was transporting a load of timber, did not
have any hazardous material on board, but it's fuel tank had
spilled 350 litres of diesel into Lake Taupo, he said.
Bulli Point is a popular local swimming and cliff diving
It was likely to be a "significant" salvage operation, Mr
Workers had begun recovery attempts and traffic was expected
to be delayed for some time, police said.
Motorists are advised to avoid using the stretch of road
close to the crash site, around 5 kilometres on the Taupo
side of Hatepe, until the truck and trailer unit has been
pulled from the lake.