LPG leak following motorway collision
The Fire Service was alerted to the incident just before 8.30am this morning (Tuesday 24 January) and fire crews from Ledbury (2) and Upton attended.
Station Commander Adrian Thompson from HWFRS, who is still at the scene, said: “The incident was reported to us as a fire involving LPG (liquid petroleum gas) but on arrival, we found that a tank of an LPG fuelled car had ruptured after being involved in a collision, and that there was a significant leak of LPG as a result of this.”
He confirmed that as a precautionary measure, both the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the M50 had been closed between junctions 1 and 2 to allow the leaking gas to vent, and that firefighters were using a water spray to assist the gas to dissipate.
The attendance of a specialist LPG engineer has been requested.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.
The incident is on-going but it’s hoped that the westbound carriageway can be re-opened in the next hour.