Drivers urged to take care after huge oil spill in Coromandel

Oil spill on a road.
An oil spill is affecting the area between Thames and Tairua. Photo credit: Getty

Police are urging motorists to take "extreme care" while driving in the Thames-Coromandel area after a massive oil spill.

Emergency services were called to the incident on State Highway 25 at 1:40pm on Monday afternoon. It's not yet known where the oil came from or how it spilled onto the road.

The oil stretches from the top of Kopu-Hikuai Rd to at least Tairua, a slippery stretch of 28km.

Contractors are currently at the scene working to clear the oil, but drivers are asked to be extremely careful while making their way through the area.


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