Tanker transporting 20,000 litres of milk overturns in Welsh town

-Credit: (Image: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service)
-Credit: (Image: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service)

A driver was taken to hospital and urgent action had to be taken to stop spilled milk flowing into a stream after a large tanker overturned in a Welsh town. The tanker overturned on the B4314 in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, while transporting around 20,000 litres of milk.

Emergency services including police, fire crews and paramedics were all sent to the scene. The driver of the tanker had to be helped out of the vehicle and treated at the scene following the crash, which happened shortly before 4pm on Monday. You can get the latest WalesOnline newsletters e-mailed to you directly for free by signing up here.

The road was closed by police in order for the tanker to be safely recovered, while quick-thinking fire crews and a local farmer stopped milk from pouring into a nearby stream. The spill was cleaned up by Monday night, with crews leaving the scene shortly after 7.30pm.

A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 3.49pm on Monday, (July 1), crews from Narberth, Pembroke Dock and Whitland were called to an incident along the B4314 in Narberth. Crews responded to an overturned milk tanker containing approximately 20,000 litres of milk. Crews assisted the driver out of the vehicle who was then assessed by on-scene paramedics and conveyed to hospital by road ambulance.

"Crews and a local farmer blocked the flow of milk spilling from the vehicle from entering the watercourse. Natural Resources Wales was informed of the incident and the milk company attended the scene to decant the remaining milk from the overturned tanker to another. Dyfed-Powys Police was also in attendance and the road was closed during the incident and the vehicle’s recovery."