Oil spill: R103 closed for clean up

2010-10-16 00:00

MIDLANDS emergency services were coping with a hazardous spill last night after a tanker overturned on the R103 between Mooi River and Nottingham Road.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the tanker driver lost control in the wet conditions on the rural road — often used by truckers avoiding the toll on the N3 at Mooi River — and his vehicle overturned across the road, spilling its load of 30 000 litres of edible oil.

She said the oil was in danger of running into a nearby stream that feeds into the Mooi River, which is itself a tributary of the uMngeni River.

The R103 was closed completely between Mooi River and Nottingham Road last night as emergency crews attempted to deal with the spill.

Jeevan said she could not speculate on when it would be reopened to traffic.

The driver of the tanker suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Reacting to the spill, local councillor Moira Grueneberg said that in June, a private member’s petition was submitted to the provincial legislature asking for trucks to be banned from using the road. This petition has not yet reached the notice of the Transport MEC.

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