The BP station on the Warrego Highway, near Gatton, was closed after diesel fuel was spilt.
The BP station on the Warrego Highway, near Gatton, was closed after diesel fuel was spilt. Claudia Baxter

Station closes due to diesel spill

A BUSY petrol station and McDonald's restaurant was forced to close for hours at the weekend after a motorist caused a large diesel spill.

The person who caused the 60-litre spill fled the Gatton BP and McDonald's complex without informing service station staff about 7.45am on Saturday.

Following spill guidelines the service station and the McDonald's were evacuated while Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) and police were called.

QFRS Gatton firefighter Mark Luther said the driver was leavingon security camera.“A truck has pulled up in the service station and locked the trigger on automatic. The nozzle had come out the side of the tank without the driver noticing,” he said.

“About 60 litres of diesel was spilt. The driver just drove off – they saw it on the surveillance, it's all on their TV.

“It wouldn't have been so bad if they told someone.

“They shut down the complex, the McDonald's as well.”

Fire fighters covered the spill with an absorbent medium, similar to cat litter or sawdust, before specialist cleaners arrived on site about 10.30am.

If the culprit was caught, there was a possibility they would have to pay for the costs of the clean-up.

Police said there was also a possibility the offender could face charges.

They also said that despite the entry to the complex being marked off with witches' hats and a police vehicle, many motorists still tried to enter the service station while it was closed.



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