Health and Safety Executive could probe A38 tanker crash
THE HEALTH and Safety Executive has been informed of the tanker crash on the A38 near Tideford on Thursday.
The independent regulator will make a decision soon about whether to investigate the incident.
The crash sent up to 4,000 litres of unleaded petrol cascading down the A38, which was closed at about 7pm.
Emergency services worked through the night to clear up the mess, recover the tanker and restore the road surface.
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The collision happened after the vehicle, which had broken down and was being towed, plunged down a steep hill. Tonnes of sand were used to mop up much of the petrol and firefighters also managed to divert some of the spill onto nearby waste ground.
Speaking to The Herald following the incident, Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman Alan Mobbs said: "The consequences of this incident could have been far worse, and we are extremely fortunate that no-one was injured or killed."