14 Jan 2016

Crap traffic after untreated waste spills from truck

1:48 pm on 14 January 2016

An effluent waste spill from a truck crash on State Highway One in Auckland blocked several lanes this morning, and left some motorists with a nasty clean-up job.

The scene of the spill on SH1

The scene of the spill on SH1 Photo: NZTA

The Auckland Fire Service spent the morning washing the untreated waste from the Southern Motorway following the crash at about 10.30am.

The vehicle rolled and spilled its contents on State Highway One between Manurewa and Takanini.

Emergency services and environmental protection crews were needed to clear up the spill, which had blocked off several lanes and caused serious delays.

The effluent has now been cleared, and the motorway has reopened.

But the NZ Transport Agency has advised motorists who may have driven through the spill to wash their vehicles.

"We'd hate for anyone's vehicle to be damaged by this effluent so our advice would be to use a garden hose to wash the paint and the undercarriage of your vehicle, and be careful not to use your bare hands" said acting Auckland highway manager Mieszko Iwaskow.

Meanwhile, Sale Street in the centre of Auckland has also been blocked off by a truck crash this morning. NZTA said the street was closed and clean up was likely to take some time.