Fuel leak forces shutdown
Friday, 14th March, 2014
By Nick Gibbs
A leaking fuel tank forced a Broken Hill service station to temporarily shut down yesterday.
Woolworths Petrol Station at Centro Plaza was forced to evacuate after a punctured fuel tank caused petrol to leak near the bowsers.
Fire Fighter Craig Burke reported that the spill came from a four-door Kia hire car that had just returned from a trip to Fowlers Gap.
According to Mr Burke, the driver failed to realise the tank was punctured until he had pumped about 35 litres into the car.
“He went to return the hose to the pump and saw the fuel on the ground,” he said.
“The attendee hit the emergency button and shut the station down.”
Service station employees were able to contain the spill until firefighters arrived and began the clean up process.
A makeshift drum cut to size with a knife was used to catch the leaking fuel while the liquid on the ground was collected with saw dust.
The process took about two hours at which point firefighters deemed it safe to reopen the station.
The hire car had to be towed from the scene.
“He couldn’t drive out of there, we pushed it out into the car park for a tow truck to come and pick up,” Mr Burke said.