By Cathy Elelman • 04 December 2019 • 17:39
PRECAUTION: The Guardia Civil cut off motorway traffic in both directions due to risk of leaks
CREDIT: Emergencias 112 Twitter @E112Andalucia
A LORRY carrying liquid natural gas overturned on the A7 motorway in Nijar at midday today, injuring the driver and interrupting traffic in both directions.
According to the Junta there have been no reports of leaks or spillages from the truck, but the Guardia Civil cut traffic as a precautionary measure between kilometre points 487 and 481 while the emergency services cordoned off a 600-metre perimeter around accident sight.
The DGT Directorate General of Traffic reported that drivers heading for Almeria city should come off the A7 at kilometre mark 471 for the AL-3111 connection, while in the other direction there is a diversion via Campohermoso.
Nijar council has meanwhile activated its Municipal Emergency Plan, and just before 2pm the Junta de Andalucia Government delegate in Almeria Maria Isabel Sanchez declared the situation 0 Emergencies Plan for Accident Risk in the transport of Dangerous Merchandise by Road or Rail.
This refers to accidents which can be controlled by the available local services. It covers notifications, alerts and mobilisation, as well as monitoring the evolution of the situation. At the same time the services keep a central coordinator informed at all times of any changes in the level of emergency and the need to take additional measures.
As well as the Guardia, services on the scene include firefighters, Local Police and Nijar Civil Protection.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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