THE A-7 motorway in Nijar was reopened to traffic on Thursday morning having been cut off to traffic in both directions for some 20 hours after a lorry carrying 27,000 litres of liquid natural gas overturned the day before.
There were no reports of leaks or spillages from the truck, but the Guardia Civil blocked off traffic as a precautionary measure between kilometre points 487 and 481 while the emergency services cordoned off a 600-metre perimeter around the accident sight.
After an operation lasting all afternoon and night the Almeria fire service managed to safely remove the lorry with the help of two large cranes. They had had to empty out about 10,000 litres of the liquid from the cistern to be able to stand the truck up on its wheels.
The motorway was finally reopened just before 9.30am.
The lorry driver suffered injuries in the accident and was transferred to the Torrecardenas hospital.