Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing spill


Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a large oil spill on State High­way 1, north of Welling­ton, was the cause of sev­eral crashes that created rush hour traf­fic chaos.

Five peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a car and truck col­lided on SH1 north of Paekakariki, on the Kapiti Coast, just af­ter 6pm on Thurs­day. One woman suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

Fur­ther south on the same high­way, four cars ran into a bank at Pukerua Bay.

The crashes closed a large chunk of SH1, be­tween Plim­mer­ton and Para­pa­raumu, in both di­rec­tions for about three hours

Long lines of traf­fic were at a stand­still in both di­rec­tions while the scene was cleared.

A po­lice spokes­woman said on Fri­day that Kapiti-Mana Po­lice would in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the crashes and, specif­i­cally, whether they were re­lated to the spill.

They would also be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the leak.

Fire ser­vice shift man­ager Mike Wanoa said the oil spill flowed from the top of the Pukerua Bay hill to the Pare­mata round­about.

The fire ser­vice was alerted to the in­ci­dent about 6.25pm.

There were re­ports of cars ‘‘slip­ping and slid­ing,’’ Wanoa said.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil said it had not re­ceived any no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the spill, but would re­spond if and when it was no­ti­fied.


Sev­eral crashes blocked SH1 in both di­rec­tions on Thurs­day.

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