Motorists in Auckland are being warned to avoid a busy
highway following a chemical spill from a truck.
Waipuna Rd has been closed near the intersection with Mt
Wellington Highway as firefighters try to mop up the
"The chemical is a dye and the issue is with its collection
and disposal as it cannot be flushed into the storm water
system," police said.
Drivers are being warned to avoid the area, which is expected
to be closed "into and possibly through the rush hour".
Mt Wellington Highway is not closed, but traffic attempting
to turn into Waipuna "will no doubt cause backlogs", police
Signage would be put in place to warn drivers.
The spill occurred around 4.50am, Fire Service northern
communications shift manager Jarron Phillips said.
It was not yet clear what caused the spill, but the truck had
not been involved in a crash, he said.
Around 20 litres of a liquid dye had been spilled over a few
hundred metres of road.
No injuries had been reported, but the truck driver had been
A road clean up crew had also been de-contaminated, Mr
Two Fire Service hazardous materials units were at the scene,
where a full de-contamination tent has been set up, along
with another three fire crews to deal with the spill.
It was expected to take "some time", he said.