Spil­lage closes road

Sunday Sun - - News -

ONE car­riage­way of a key North East route will re­main shut into next week.

The east­bound car­riage­way of the A1231 was closed fol­low­ing a ma­jor lorry spil­lage on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Sun­der­land City Coun­cil said the sec­tion of the road be­tween the Mill House round­about near the A1 and the A182 Wash­ing­ton High­way is still un­safe to drive on and ex­tremely slip­pery.

A crash with a car caused an oil-like sub­stance to pour from the lorry onto a half mile sec­tion of the road.

Al­though the sub­stance is not dan­ger­ous, the “ex­tent and com­plex­ity of the re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion” has led the own­ers of the lorry to hire a spe­cial­ist com­pany to clean up. The liq­uid is a by-prod­uct of the leather tan­ning process and it is un­clear how long the clean-up will take. Coun Amy Wil­son, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, said: “Pub­lic safety is paramount and at this stage it just isn’t safe to re­open the road. De­spite ex­ten­sive work to re­move the bulk of the waste, the road re­mains ex­tremely slip­pery.”

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