A TRUCK driver has been taken to hospital after a gas tanker crashed on the Bass Highway near Burnie this morning.

The rollover, at Chasm Creek east of Burnie, happened about 6.30am.

The Bass Highway has now been reopened after a lengthy closure while technicians decanted gas from the crashed tanker into another unit.

During the closure of more than two hours, standard vehicles were diverted via Stowport from Wivenhoe at the western end of the closure and via Heybridge at the eastern side.

No detour was available for large vehicles during the decanting process.

Police said the tanker’s contents were stable throughout the incident and the public had not been at risk

The fully laden gas tanker came to rest on its side between the east and west bound lanes of the highway and the driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a truck rollover on the Bass Highway at Round Hill, east of Burnie, with the road expected to be closed until about 10.30am.

Tasmania Police and emergency crews responded to the incident, near Burnie in the state’s North West, about 7am.

Police advised that traffic diversions were in place in the immediate area, with lengthy delays expected.

Trucks that can legally travel through Stowport may do so, but if possible motorists are urged to avoid the immediate area until further notice.

There is no information on the cause of the crash or injuries.

Extracted in full from The Mercury.

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