Newport oil tanker crash shuts A48 Southern Distributor Road

Newport oil tanker crash shuts SDR

The overturned tanker on the SDR near Spytty Retail Park, Newport. Pic sent in by reader Michael Francis.

The overturned tanker on the SDR near Spytty Retail Park, Newport. Pic sent in by reader Michael Francis.

The overturned tanker on the SDR near Spytty Retail Park, Newport. Pic sent in by reader Michael Francis.

The overturned tanker on the SDR near Spytty Retail Park, Newport. Pic sent in by reader Michael Francis.

The overturned tanker on the SDR near Spytty Retail Park, Newport. Pic sent in by reader Michael Francis.

Newport oil tanker crash shuts SDR

First published in News

4.00pm

The SDR is now fully open.


2.51pm

 

All oil from the overturned tanker has now been siphoned off into another tanker.

Firecrews are still at the scene monitoring the tanker being righted with airbags. Once this is complete, they can go.

The latest estimate is that the closed stretch of the SDR between Nash junction and the Balfe Road roundabout will re-open at around 4pm.

 


10.41am

 

GWENT police said the driver of the overturned lorry, a 54-year-old man from Newport, was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with minor injuries.

Police said that they were called to the incident on the SDR in Newport at around 7.45am this morning.

They said the tanker had overturned and some oil had spilled onto the carriageway.

They confirmed the SDR has been closed between the Nash junction and the Balfe Road roundabout while emergency services are at the scene.

Diversions are in place but motorists are advised to avoid the area.

 


10.27am

AN eyewitness to this morning’s lorry crash has described hearing screeching and seeing the tanker slide along the road.

The Eco Oil tanker overturned at around 7.48 on the Southern Distributor Road, close to Spytty retail park.

Eye-witness, Michael Francis, 51 from Spytty, told how he was out walking his dogs when he saw the crash, just yards from where a lorry had previously overturned just a month ago.

Mr Francis, said: "I left to walk my dogs at about 7.20am and was returning to my house when I heard a loud screeching noise. I turned to my left and I’ve seen the lorry on its side sliding along the road. It must have slid for about 20 yards."

Being a lorry driver himself, Mr Francis recognised the sign on the back of the lorry warning that it contained hazardous chemicals, in this case oil, and called the fire brigade.

He also believed smoke to be coming from the tankers tyres and said the windscreen of the driver’s cab was hanging out.

Mr Francis and his friend, Les Smith, 55, also from Spytty, who was a fellow eyewitness said they believed the driver to have been up and out of the cab, but described him as having bad scratches across his back.

Mr Smith, last month lost 50 ducks he and his wife cared for in a similar incident where diesel from an overturned lorry on the same section of the A48 polluted a local reen.

Two fire engines and an environmental health vehicle from South Wales Fire and Rescue remain on the scene, where they are attempting to siphon the oil from the stricken taker to another one, and the South Wales and Gwent police helicopter is also attending the scene.

The road remains closed in both directions with local diversions in place.

 


8.57am

AN OIL tanker has overturned on the A48 Southern Distributor Road, reports say.

Eye witness pictures show fire coming from what looks like the smoke of the vehicle.

Traffic Wales says the A48 is closed between Nash Road and Queensway in both directions.

More to follow.

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1:13pm Mon 23 Jul 12

juicy.lucy says...

its about time something was done about these roundabouts. theyare too sharp and cannot fit 3 lanes of traffic around them in one go without someone going over the lines and cuting you up. This is the 3rd lorry to turn over on this particular roundabout, surely this is saying something, too sharp, too fast etc
its about time something was done about these roundabouts. theyare too sharp and cannot fit 3 lanes of traffic around them in one go without someone going over the lines and cuting you up. This is the 3rd lorry to turn over on this particular roundabout, surely this is saying something, too sharp, too fast etc juicy.lucy
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1:15pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Mr Angry says...

Of course its never the drivers fault is it
Of course its never the drivers fault is it Mr Angry
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2:02pm Mon 23 Jul 12

bloggsy1 says...

Lorry Drivers the most ignorant and illiterate people who are allowed to drive.
Lorry Drivers the most ignorant and illiterate people who are allowed to drive. bloggsy1
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2:30pm Mon 23 Jul 12

hgodwin84 says...

Yes lorry drivers can be careless but it's no coincidence 3 have overturned on this roundabout this year. They have been lucky there has been no pedestrians hurt so far but should be putting some safety precautions in place now.
Yes lorry drivers can be careless but it's no coincidence 3 have overturned on this roundabout this year. They have been lucky there has been no pedestrians hurt so far but should be putting some safety precautions in place now. hgodwin84
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2:30pm Mon 23 Jul 12

hgodwin84 says...

Yes lorry drivers can be careless but it's no coincidence 3 have overturned on this roundabout this year. They have been lucky there has been no pedestrians hurt so far but should be putting some safety precautions in place now.
Yes lorry drivers can be careless but it's no coincidence 3 have overturned on this roundabout this year. They have been lucky there has been no pedestrians hurt so far but should be putting some safety precautions in place now. hgodwin84
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3:54pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Dolieboy says...

bloggsy1 wrote:
Lorry Drivers the most ignorant and illiterate people who are allowed to drive.
You should put an are or , after lorry drivers and no need for the capital d as you started the sentence.
[quote][p][bold]bloggsy1[/bold] wrote: Lorry Drivers the most ignorant and illiterate people who are allowed to drive.[/p][/quote]You should put an are or , after lorry drivers and no need for the capital d as you started the sentence. Dolieboy
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4:01pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Bobevans says...

road is poorly designed with three lanes going into two and the wrong camber on the road. Lorries overturning on it are a reglar occurance with at least half a dozen going over each year
road is poorly designed with three lanes going into two and the wrong camber on the road. Lorries overturning on it are a reglar occurance with at least half a dozen going over each year Bobevans
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5:37pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

....that's what you get with a PFI...design and build as you go...many of the roundabouts were only 'planned' to solve the need to have a roundabout.....the one on Nash Road has to be one of the world's worst.....being oval not round....take a look on Google Earth how bad it is.
....that's what you get with a PFI...design and build as you go...many of the roundabouts were only 'planned' to solve the need to have a roundabout.....the one on Nash Road has to be one of the world's worst.....being oval not round....take a look on Google Earth how bad it is. Dave on his Soapbox
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6:03pm Mon 23 Jul 12

rgh says...

Newport Council are Crap
Can't do anything right
SDR was crap from start its like a roller coaster at Maesglas
Newport Council are Crap Can't do anything right SDR was crap from start its like a roller coaster at Maesglas rgh
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7:26pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Owain Vaughan says...

rgh wrote:
Newport Council are Crap
Can't do anything right
SDR was crap from start its like a roller coaster at Maesglas
PFI! Direct your bile and Ringway, not the council!
[quote][p][bold]rgh[/bold] wrote: Newport Council are Crap Can't do anything right SDR was crap from start its like a roller coaster at Maesglas[/p][/quote]PFI! Direct your bile and Ringway, not the council! Owain Vaughan
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7:59pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Dolieboy says...

Worst are the "Magic roundabouts", two lanes going in and only one coming out.
Worst are the "Magic roundabouts", two lanes going in and only one coming out. Dolieboy
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10:03pm Mon 23 Jul 12

mrbojangles10 says...

To mr.bloggsy1 , Many thousands of miles are carried out safely and efficiently by thousands of lorry drivers every day every week and every year in all kinds of weather , Iam a lorry driver with over 25 yrs of delivering to supermarkets to keep the nation fed. I am certainly not ignorant and illiterate thank you very much..Michael Francis.
To mr.bloggsy1 , Many thousands of miles are carried out safely and efficiently by thousands of lorry drivers every day every week and every year in all kinds of weather , Iam a lorry driver with over 25 yrs of delivering to supermarkets to keep the nation fed. I am certainly not ignorant and illiterate thank you very much..Michael Francis. mrbojangles10
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1:32pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Cooler King says...

You people have too much time on your hands, it wasn't meant to happen, which is why we call it an accident, these sort of things are happening every minute of every day, stop analysing and get over it. If the roundabout was the problem, then every lorry that went around it would topple over, the driver miscalculated, simple as that.
You people have too much time on your hands, it wasn't meant to happen, which is why we call it an accident, these sort of things are happening every minute of every day, stop analysing and get over it. If the roundabout was the problem, then every lorry that went around it would topple over, the driver miscalculated, simple as that. Cooler King
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