Diesel spill causes traffic problems

Civil Protection uses liquid dispenser instead of sand, safer for motorcyclists

Photo: Ray Attard
Photo: Ray Attard

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Large amounts of diesel that poured out of the fuel tank of a truck used for collection of waste, caused problems for motorists in Triq is-Salini and part of the Coast Road earlier today.

At 12:30pm the Control Room of the Civil Protection Department was informed that there was a large amount of what it looked like oil at the bottom of the hill that goes up to Naxxar, known as ‘it-Telgħa t’Alla u Ommu’, and the spill was also in the Coast Raod.

Police from the Traffic Section were despatched to confirm such reports and also engines from the Civil Protection were also sent.

From further investigations it resulted that the spill was in fact diesel from a Dennis truck used to collect waste. As soon as the driver of the truck noticed the issue, he stopped on the side near Kennedy Grove but the diesel had already covered a large part of the road causing problems to drivers. Luckily no accidents were reported due to the spill.

Members of the Civil Protection used liquid dispenser which when it dries up it cracks, which is much safer than sand especially for motorcycles.


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