Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fuel Tanker In Fatal Crash on La Gomera

A truck carrying petrol and/or diesel left the road and overturned around lunchtime today. The accident happened near La Gomera's 18-hole golf course and close to the entrance to the luxury villa complex of 'Pueblo Don Tomas', a few miles above the seaside resort of Playa Santiago.
One of the two occupants of the tanker managed to escape apparently unhurt, while the second,the 52 years old driver, remained trapped in the cabin. Sadly he was pronounced dead by the emergency services a short time later.
The tanks of the truck were said to be leaking fuel 'significantly' and the emergency services, aided by fire crews from La Gomera's  nearby airport had to deal with the spill as well as spray water on surrounding areas to reduce the risk of fire. The fuel that remained on board the the vehicle was being transferred to another truck.
The cause of the accident is unknown and the incident is under investigation.
Scene of the accident near Playa Santiago, La Gomera       ©

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