South East Wales

A48 SDR in Newport closed after tanker overturns

A crane is used to lift the lorry off the Southern Distributor Road in Newport (Pic: Environment Agency Wales)
Image caption A crane is used to lift the lorry off the Southern Distributor Road in Newport

A lorry carrying waste oil has overturned on the A48 Southern Distributor Road in Newport.

South Wales Fire Service sent 14 appliances to the scene just before 07:50 BST on Monday after first reports suggested the vehicle was on fire.

The Environment Agency, Gwent Police and the ambulance service also attended. The driver escaped unharmed.

Police say the overturned tanker has now been moved and the road has reopened.

Oil was transferred from the stricken lorry to another vehicle.

Firefighters had an environmental "pod" at the scene, which carries equipment to prevent leaking oil from entering drains or water courses.

Environment Agency Wales said its involvement had been "small scale" as there was only a small spillage.

A crane was brought in to move the lorry.

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