16 Oct 2013

Chemical spill blocks state highway

6:44 am on 16 October 2013

State Highway 2 is closed 5km south of Eketahuna after a truck crashed, rolling onto its side and blocking the road shortly after 1am on Wednesday.

The driver suffered serious injuries and is in Palmerston North Hospital.

The fire service says an industrial chemical detergent the truck was carrying spilled and a hazardous materials unit is now cleaning it up.

Police say the crash brought down power lines and some farmers in the area are without electricity.