PHOTO SPECIAL: Major road still closed after tanker containing 30,000 litres of butane gas overturns

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ROAD CLOSED: Firefighters still at the scene of the overturned gas tanker this morning. Photo credit: Twitter / @112andalucia


EXPERTS have worked through the night to safely begin the transfer 30,000 litres of butane gas to another tanker after a serious traffic accident in the south of Spain last night (Monday).

At 2.30am this morning the delicate operation to transfer the dangerous gas began and is continuing while the A-49 remains closed in both directions near Bonares (Huelva) in Andalucia.

The Andalucian government delegate for Huelva, Bella Verano, activated an emergency plan to deal with accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods at 8.47pm last night after the accident at km 61 of the A-49.

The emergency services were alerted to the incident by calls at around 7pm indicating the tanker driver had also been injured in the incident. He was transferred to hospital.

Andalucia’s emergency group (GREA), firefighters, Guardia Civil and Local Police officers from Bonares were quickly on the scene.

Spain’s road authority, the DGT, said that although there was diesel spilt on the road from the vehicle there was no leakage of butane gas from the crashed tanker.

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