Picture taken by Sjonelle Hodgins as she crept past the accident scene on the Pacific Highway at St Helena tonight.
Picture taken by Sjonelle Hodgins as she crept past the accident scene on the Pacific Highway at St Helena tonight.

Traffic delayed by diesel spill

PEAK hour traffic travelling on the Pacific Highway was disrupted for more than an hour tonight after a minor crash caused a diesel spill over the road.

Police and firefighters said they were called to the scene around 5pm, just as Northern Rivers commuters were hitting the road to head home for the night.

A truck and a car had collided near the junction of St Helena Road. However, there were no injuries in the crash and nobody was trapped in their vehicles.

What the crash did do was spill diesel from the truck over the road, leaving Rural Fire Service volunteers and NSW Fire Brigade officers with the job of cleaning up the spill.

The clean-up left the road partly closed until well after 6pm and created a long queue of traffic waiting to get by on the highway.

The spill was one of two on the Northern Rivers tonight.

NSW Fire Brigade firefighters were called to the Nimbin Road at North Lismore about 6.20pm to clean up a diesel spill from a vehicle.

In that incident there had been no collision and it was not known how the spill occurred.

Both spills have now been cleaned up and traffic is understood to be flowing normally on both roads.



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