State Highway 73 has been closed to all traffic, from Klondyke Corner to Arthur’s Pass, after a diesel spill this afternoon.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Journey Manager Lee Wright says motorists can expect delays as equipment is brought on site to clean up the spill and unload the remaining fuel in the tanker.
“The spill has resulted from a ruptured tank.”
There is no detour in place, however Ms Wright says motorists can still access the West Coast by travelling north and over to the Coast on State Highway 7 through Lewis Pass.
For updates on the state highway conditions and hazards call freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or visit the website www.highwayinfo.govt.nz(external link)
Update at 3.30pm: The spill has now been assessed and the highway re-opened to single-lane traffic.
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