Published: 10/05/2012 14:32 - Updated: 10/05/2012 15:14

Lorry incident causes diesel alert at Ross-shire burn

THE fire service is working to prevent diesel pollution in a Ross-shire burn after a generator fell off a passing lorry and landed in the water.

The incident happened before 1pm just outside Garve and firefighters are now trying to dam the burn to stop the diesel from the generator flowing away.

The small burn runs into the nearby River Blackwater, the main watercourse which flows into Loch Garve.

It is understood the lorry braked  while travelling on the A835 road into the village from the west and the generator tumbled down a steep bank, into water.

Local residents told the Journal the road is subsiding at that spot, on a sharp corner, and traffic lights are in place at the location where the incident.

It is understood the lorry driver managed to remove the generator from the burn using lifting equipment, but diesel had already escaped. 

A spokeswoman from the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said the generator fell out of the lorry into a small burn just west of Garve Hotel. They received the call at 12.53pm.

She said a fire crew from Dingwall and representatives from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency were in attendance.

"The crew are trying to dam the burn to stem the flow of water," she said.

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