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Diesel spillage after crash closes main road

Diesel spillage on A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road Credit: Bob Geddes

A main road in Dumfries and Galloway has been shut after more than 200 gallons of diesel spilled on to the route following a crash.

The A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie had to be closed when the fuel tank of an articulated lorry was punctured in a crash with a car about three miles from Dalbeattie, near Kirkgunzeon Village. No one was injured in the collision.

Emergency services were alerted as the diesel flooded on to the road.

Firefighters from Dalbeattie attended and roads staff had to be brought in to clear the diesel and prevent pollution to nearby farmland.

Diversions were set up on both sides of the accident scene with traffic diverted at Dalbeattie and Beeswing.

A police spokesman said: "The fuel tank of an HGV has been ruptured in the accident and the road is impassible until the cleanup is completed.

"A clean-up operation is underway."

Car that was in collision with a lorry on the A711 Credit: Bob Geddes

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'Major backlog of highways maintenance' warns roads chief

The Director of the RAC Foundation is warning people across the south of Scotland and Cumbria that there is a major roads maintenance backlog.

Steve Goodring says that individual councils are doing what they can with limited budgets, but that people shouldn't have to deal with damaged cars due to potholes.

It's been announced that Dumfries and Galloway Council has received the fifth-highest number of pothole compensation claims of all Scottish councils in the last year.

Almost 300 claims were made, but only 28 of these were successful. In total, the council paid out more than £6,000 to claimants.

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