A 40-year-old tanker driver has died following a crash in Ellesmere Port yesterday.
The accident involving two oil tankers took place at around 1pm yesterday (October 6) on Oil Sites Road, near the Boat Museum.
The driver of one of the tankers from Leigh, Manchester, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with serious injuries but later died.
Yesterday, a North West Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed a driver of one of the tankers had suffered a heart attack.
It was reported the driver was treated for a cardiac arrest but he was later confirmed to be conscious and breathing.
The road between Dock Yard Road junction and Pool Lane junction remains closed today (Friday, October 7) after around 7,000 litres of petrol leaked on to the road.
Cheshire Police has launched an investigation into the fatal collision.
Firefighters remain at the scene after working through the night to clear the fuel.
A clean up operation is currently in progress after several foam blankets were laid over the spilled fuel yesterday.
Diversions are currently in place for local businesses although motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.
The undamaged tanker was removed from the site at around 9pm last night before the overturned tanker was recovered at around 2.30am this morning.
A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The incident is still ongoing.
“A big clean-up operation has commenced today.”
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The collision, which involved two oil tankers, occurred at the traffic lights near to the Boat Museum on Oil sites Road, Ellesmere Port, at approximately 1.00pm yesterday, Thursday 6 October.
“The driver of one of the tankers, a 40-year-old man from Leigh, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with serious injuries, sadly he later died.
“The collision resulted in a quantity of oil to leaking onto the road, as a result of which Oil Sites Road remains closed at the current time. Diversions are currently in place for local businesses although motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.”
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 420.