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Two trucks in crash near Woodend

Elizabeth Thomson
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There was a large emergency services response to the scene of the crash.  Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade

Emergency services are extracting 34,000 litres of fuel from a tanker that rolled into a paddock.

A Fire Service spokesperson said the crash involved a truck carrying a trailer and a fuel tanker carrying 34,000 litres of fuel. 

One person is in hospital with serious injuries after a truck and fuel tanker crashed on Main North Road near Woodend about 6am.

The driver of the truck was cut free from the vehicle and taken to Christchurch Hospital via ambulance. He is now in a "comfortable" condition.


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The stricken Allied tanker on Main North Rd. Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade

The Allied Petroleum fuel tanker rolled into a paddock and fire services are working to extract the oil. They should be finished by midday, he said.

Allied Petroleum marketing manager Brett Haldane said the driver was uninjured but "understandably very shaken up".

Haldane said no fuel had spilled from the tanker and that Allied Petroleum staff had been at the crash site to assist authorities.

In a press release, The New Zealand Transport Agency said that detours will be in place until the afternoon on Tuesday.

It said the fuel tanker "is being pumped out" and a crane will be needed to lift the truck.

The NZTA has asked drivers to slow down for detours and be prepared for trips to take longer.

Christchurch Transport Operations Center spokeswoman Janine Porter said the Main North Rd would be closed between Pa Rd and North Beach Rd for "a number of hours" while fuel was removed from the tanker.