Diesel spill after lorry jackknifes on busy island

A lorry jackknifed on a ‘treacherous’ island in West Bromwich, spilling 100 litres of diesel into the drainage system. The HGV was involved in a crash on the Albion Roundabout, near the town’s Big John’s fast food restaurant in Dudley Street, last night (Monday, September 30). Emergency services – including police, medics and firefighters – got to the scene at around 9pm, following reports fuel was leaking from the vehicle.

Crews from West Bromwich and Dudley – a total of eight firefighters – attended and helped clear the road.

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A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We were called out to reports of a diesel leak from a lorry that had jackknifed on the island. The vehicle itself was recovered by a specialist company. “Our crews, along with the council, cleared the roadway and made it safe.

The Environment Agency and the water supplier were informed that approximately 100 litres of diesel had entered the drainage system. Around 20 litres was on the road.” West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed there were no casualties.

A video from the scene, which was posted to Facebook via the I live in West Bromwich page by Bilal Miah, can be viewed above . It shows the busy island blocked off in the aftermath of the smash. However, people did not seem surprised, with one saying: “I nearly lost my car on that roundabout , it’s treacherous.”

Another added: “There’s always accidents there, such a death trap.” A third said: “There’s so much oil on that roundabout, its ridiculous. Anytime it’s wet and I’m going across it, I get wheel spin.”

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