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.