Tanker crash causes hwy chaos
A TRUCK rollover near the new Teven Rd roundabout at West Ballina yesterday caused major traffic delays in both directions.
The accident, involving a fuel tanker, happened about 7.30am.
Richmond Local Area Command supervisor Acting Sergeant Stephen Sivewright said the truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident.
"The 27-year-old male driver was not hurt," he said.
"The tanker was carrying 45,000 litres of diesel but only a small amount of that was spilled.
"Most of the diesel was able to be contained."
Motorists reported lengthy delays on the highway, with traffic being diverted along Teven Rd while the clean-up was in progress.
The Bruxner Highway and Bangalow Road via Lismore were also used as alternative routes.
Alternating traffic conditions remained in place for much of the day, with 5km queues of traffic northbound.
A spokesman from NSW Fire and Rescue said the clean-up was mostly finished by 2.30pm.
One lane in each direction remained closed throughout the afternoon while emergency crews continued with the work.
NSW Ambulance Brunswick Valley zone district manager, Inspector Greg Powell, said two crews from Ballina and a duty operations manager from Lismore initially responded to the reports of a truck roll-over.
"Upon arriving at the scene, paramedics assessed the condition of the male driver," he said.
"But he was uninjured and did not require any assistance.
"One crew remained on the scene to provide medical support to NSW Fire and Rescue during the hazardous clean-up.
"We rotated that crew throughout the day."