Diesel leak along 300m stretch of Taranaki highway after tank puncture

A significant amount of diesel leaked onto a section of Taranaki highway after a truck’s fuel tank was punctured on Sunday night.

The fuel spill on Mountain Rd/State Highway 3 at Tariki was reported about 7.30pm.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand central shift communications manager Murray Dunbar said when crews arrived at the scene, the truck was off the road.

He said a “significant” amount of diesel was spilt along a 300-metre stretch of road. The cause of the puncture was unknown.

As the affected area was near a waterway, this triggered the need for the incident to be reported to the Taranaki Regional Council, Dunbar said.

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