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A19 FUEL SPILL: Road reopens after 5,000 litre diesel accident

A19 FUEL SPILL: Road reopens after 5,000 litre diesel accident

Highways England.

The A19 fuel spill has now been cleaned up after 5,000 litres of diesel flowed across both north and southbound lanes.

The A19 has reopened following a crash between a lorry and a diesel tanker which prompted a 999 response and delays for drivers.

On Tuesday, Highways England confirmed both sides of the A19 back open to motorists travelling north and south bound through Teesside.

The accident happened on Monday (May 17) morning on the northbound side of the carriageway, injuring one person and closing down both sides of the road close to the OK Diner north of the Wynyard turn off.

Drivers faced lengthy delays and a complex diversion route as emergency services cleared  the 5,000 litres of diesel that was spilled.

One casualty was also taken to hospital for treatment after the incident.

Highways England re-opened the southbound side of the A19 on Monday evening but the northbound lanes remained closed until just before 7am on Tuesday (May 18) morning.

The agency also confirmed that the road was fully reopened in a tweet which  read "Update A19, A179 - A689 The northbound carriageway has now been reopened."

Cleveland Fire Brigade sent along 4 crews to the scene of the A19 fuel spill for what turned into a mammoth 6 hour clean up operation.

A spokesman for the emergency service said the spillage had involved 5,000 litres of diesel which is enough to fill the tank of an average family car 100 times.


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