Overturned diesel trailer causes traffic build-up in Whitechapel
Fire crews are helping to mop up diesel which was spilled over a busy Whitechapel road after a trailer overturned.
Two fire crews and around ten fire fighters were called out at 12.50pm after the industrial trailer tipped over at the junction of the busy Mile End Road with Cambridge Heath Road.
No-one was hurt when the mobile diesel pump shot out of the back of a truck after the driver was forced to carry out an emergency stop.
The pump contained 500 litres of the liquid, which spilled onto the road and pavement edge.
Traffic was diverted through one lane of Mile End Road, towards Whitechapel, while fighter fighters laid down special mats to soak up the liquid and prevent it entering the drains.
You may also want to watch:
Bod Green, from Red Watch Plaistow, said: “Diesel isn’t dangerously flamable but the main concern is it pouring down the drains. It’s an environmental issue so we’ve contacted the Environment Agency.”
Transport for London said the lane would remain closed until the diesel had been soaked up.
- 1 The Queen lends her name to Royal London’s emergency Covid wards
- 3 No injuries but 20 rescued as firefighters tackle Limehouse blaze
- 4 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 5 Police raid cannabis factory near Liverpool Street station: 2 arrests
- 6 Death of woman, 75, in Mile End fire could have been avoided
- 7 Streets around proposed Chinese embassy building could be renamed after persecuted Muslims
- 8 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 9 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park