UPDATE: Fuel tanker rollover forces detour until morning

A fuel tanker carrying 30000 Litres of diesel which overturned at the roundabout of Gladstone Benaraby road has been drained successfully leaving clean-up crew the massive challenge of mopping up the spillage. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
A fuel tanker carrying 30000 Litres of diesel which overturned at the roundabout of Gladstone Benaraby road has been drained successfully leaving clean-up crew the massive challenge of mopping up the spillage. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

UPDATE: 7.15am: 

POLICE have confirmed the section of the Gladstone Benaraby Rd where a fuel tanker rolled over yesterday afternoon re-opened at 12.30 this morning.

"People need to be careful still because it might be a slippery," a police spokeswoman said. 

Emergency services closed the road while clean up crews laid sand over the spillage.  


Before the road re-opened, drivers were diverted to the Bruce Hwy through Kirkwood. 



UPDATE 6.45am: 

IT'S understood that the Gladstone Benaraby Rd where a petrol tanker crashed yesterday afternoon re-opened in the early hours of this morning.

But reports are that workers at Boyne Smelters Limited were forced to take huge detours as they drove to work late last night and early this morning. 

Emergency services were at the scene until late last night laying sand over the diesel that spilled from the petrol tanker. 


GLADSTONE Benaraby Rd will be closed for a few more hours, as emergency service crews clean up spillage

Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

 from this afternoon's petrol tanker rollover. 

A tow truck has arrived from Rockhampton to retrieve the petrol tanker. 

Two cranes will be used to turn over the petrol tanker.


Fuel has been emptied from the truck and the area is now being cleaned.

Sand is still being laid on the ground over the spillage.

There are two cranes at the scene that will turn the truck once the area is clean.

Emergency services are still advising drivers to use an alternative route.

UPDATE 6.45pm:

DIRT and sand is being laid down on the road, where fuel has leaked, after a petrol tanker rolled on Gladstone Benaraby Rd.

Gladstone SES volunteers are at the scene, with emergency services crews, helping lay down dirt.

A Cap Combi truck is also beside the fallen petrol tanker, believed to be draining the remaining fuel from the truck.

Towering lights are being set up around the truck and roundabout, and it is believed that the road will be closed for more hours.

There was more than 50 cars lined up, but a Gladstone Police officer has told them to find an alternative route.

Some cars are still waiting for the scene to be cleared.

Please be advised Gladstone-Benaraby Road is currently closed due to a traffic accident. Please avoid this area, the...

Posted by Gladstone Regional Council on Monday, February 15, 2016


It is understood that the fuel recovery crew is now on the scene of the Gladstone-Benaraby Rd truck rollover.


FUEL TANKER ROLLOVERThe Gladstone Benaraby Road is blocked at the Boyne Island Road roundabout after a petrol tanker...

Posted by 7 Local News Central Queensland on Monday, 15 February 2016

The Gladstone Benaraby Rd roundabout is still closed and drivers have been warned to find alternative routes.

UPDATE 4:20: 

IT'S understood emergency services are rushing to contact environmental authorities after the contents of the petrol tanker leaked into surround drains.  

Paramedics were racing the driver to the hospital after he reportedly lost consciousness. 

More to come ...

UPDATE 4:05:

POLICE are opening up Tannum Sands road in the direction towards Gladstone after a petrol tanker tipped over on the Gladstone Benaraby Rd. 

Emergency services were trying to remove a driver from the petrol tanker.

But it's understood he is now in the ambulance, as it's leaving the scene of the crash. 

The petrol tanker has tipped on its side and is laying across the roundabout. 

UPDATE 3:55:

EMERGENCY services were trying to remove a driver from a petrol tanker that rolled over on the Gladstone Benaraby Rd.

But it's understood he is now in the ambulance, as it's leaving the scene of the crash. 

Emergency services are keeping traffic at a safe distance from the petrol tanker. 

Police are advising people in cars to turn around, saying the wait will be hours, not minutes. 

More to come ...


Traffic is banked up.
Traffic is banked up.


UPDATE 3.45pm:

THE driver reportedly lost consciousness before the ambulance was able to get there but police officers were able to get him back and put him into a resting position.

Firies and police are trying to turn the traffic away from the roundabout with traffic blocked in all directions. 

There is believed to be somewhere between 4000-12,000L of diesel on the ground.

Earlier 3.30pm:

INITIAL reports are that a petrol tanker has rolled over at the Boyne Island roundabout on the Gladstone Benaraby Rd.

Diesel is currently leaking out of the tanker, bystanders have taken the man out truck and he is injured.

Firies, ambulance and police are on the way with lights and sirens.

More to come

The truck is on its side. 

They're trying to remove the person from teh truck to the ambulane. 


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