A truck transporting gasoline overturned due to slippery road conditions in Hestfjörður, a fjord in Ísafjarðardjúp, the West Fjords, and landed in a ditch shortly after 9 pm yesterday evening. The driver escaped with minor injuries but there was a major risk of explosion.
An oil tank. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The truck contained 39,000 liters of gasoline and the risk of explosion remained throughout the night. The risk was minimized at 6 am when the power of the truck was cut and around 9:30 am all the fuel had been pumped from its trailer tank, ruv.is reports.
Firefighters on three trucks, ambulance workers and police officers were at the scene, prepared for the worst case scenario, along with a crane to recover the truck and three tankers into which the fuel was pumped.
They had to wait for specialists from Reykjavík, who didn’t arrive until early this morning, because of the risk of explosion. Fortunately, there were no human habitations in the immediate vicinity of the accident and little traffic, ruv.is describes.
However, a few thousand liters of gasoline leaked from the tank and cleanup continues in Hestfjörður. Both the truck and the trailer with the tank had be removed and so the road from the mouth of Hestfjörður to Súðavík remained closed for a few hours.