Fuel spillage forces road closure

A fuel spillage stretching five to six miles that led to a car crash forced the closure of a section of road in Devon for several hours.

The spill on the A382 in the county caused "treacherous" road conditions and is believed to have been responsible for the accident involving a Ford Ka at Whiddon Down, near Okehampton, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Police said that no one was injured in the accident.

Fire services, police and highways personnel used an environmental pack, hose reel and small tools to clear the fuel.

A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "The fire service were called to a report of a fuel spillage on the off slip from the petrol station."

He added: "Crews from Chagford were mobilised to the incident. They informed control the road was in a treacherous condition due to the spillage and the council highways department were mobilised to the incident along with the police."

Investigations have yet to identify the cause of the spillage, said the police spokesman.

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