South East Wales

Firefighters still at scene of Aberdare tanker crash

The tanker
Image caption The back wheels of the 18-tonne tanker hit the service bridge

Firefighters are struggling to remove gas from a tanker that crashed into a bridge in Rhondda Cynon Taf causing homes to be evacuated.

The lorry, carrying 3,519 gallons (16,000 litres) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), hit the bridge near Werfa, Aberdare, at 09:20 GMT on Friday.

A specialist urban search and rescue team from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been shoring up the bridge.

No one was injured but two homes near the scene were evacuated.

A crane has been brought in but crews have found it difficult to transfer the liquid gas to another tanker because of access along the narrow road.

The back wheels of the 18-tonne tanker hit the service bridge and caused a small amount of damage.

The incident happened near Nant Gwyn House.

Icy conditions sparked a spate of road crashes early on Friday across south Wales.

The A470 was closed near Merthyr Tydfil after a collision between a car and a lorry, and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said ice was causing problems in other areas.

There was also a five-vehicle crash which closed the westbound A465 near Hirwaun.

Fire crews were also called to another two-vehicle crash at Robertstown, Aberdare, because of black ice.

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