UPDATE: Sible Hedingham fuel spillage not as bad as first feared

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A spillage following a collision of a fuel tanker in Sible Hedingham has been resolved.

A fuel tanker tipped on its side in Delvin Road in Sible Hedingham yesterday (January 12), spilling 500 litres of kerosene and blocking the road.

Firefighters from Wethersfield, Halstead, Maldon and Colchester attended the scene.

The fuel tanker, which was the only vehicle involved, was carrying 5,000 litres of kerosene and fire crews initially believed 500 litres had entered the watercourse.

In a statement Castle Liquid Fuels, which owns the lorry, said: “The tanker involved was removed from the site at approximately 9pm on Tuesday evening.

“Subsequent investigations have shown that a smaller amount of kerosene than was originally thought, approximately 200 litres, leaked from the tanker as a result of the incident.

“This was contained yesterday afternoon and was removed by vacuum tanker yesterday evening.

“Thanks to the robust measures that were taken immediately to contain the spill, there is no visible evidence of any leakage into the nearby watercourse or surrounding area.

“The Environment Agency and Fire Service have both now left the site. As a precaution, Castle Liquid Fuels has contracted OHES, an independent specialist environmental consultancy, to collect and analyse samples from the area and we will continue to keep the relevant agencies and local stakeholders updated on the results.

“We would also like to thank all those involved with the incident for their help in successfully limiting and containing the spill.”

The company said the driver involved in the incident was not hurt and had returned to work.