AUTHORITIES closed Colac’s busiest petrol station for an hour after a vehicle leaked 50 litres of fuel.
Colac Fire Brigade lieutenant Scott Peschel said the owner of a dual-fuel, gas and petrol, four-wheel-drive was refuelling at BP service station in Murray Street when the incident happened.
“The fuel got to a certain point and created pressure on the tank being nearly full and actually ruptured the fuel transfer line that goes between the two fuel tanks,” Lt Peschel said.
“It had been mainly run on gas, so the fuel tank was nearly dry before he filled it,” he said.
“He lost roughly 50 litres of petrol straight on to the driveway.”
Lt Peschel said firefighters called police, isolated the vehicle, and put foam on the spill, while workers closed the petrol station about 10.15pm Thursday.
“We couldn’t plug the leak so once it had finished leaking it was just a matter of the guy organising the vehicle to be towed,” he said.
“We basically contained it to the service station and once the vehicle had gone we cleaned up.
“The vapour along coming off that fuel was fairly strong given the fact there was roughly 50 litres on the ground.”
Lt Peschel said two CFA trucks and nine firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour.