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Jet Fuel Spills into Kemi River

A tanker truck that skidded off the road near Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland has spilled 15,000 litres of jet fuel, most of which flowed into the waters of the Kemi River.

The truck was carrying around 50,000 litres of the jet fuel. Emergency service units at the scene blocked off a ditch leading to the river in an effort to prevent more of the spill from polluting the still partly ice-covered waters. Although this type of fuel quickly evaporates, it does pose a hazard to river wildlife.

District Emergency Services Chief Timo Rantala told YLE that the spill should not pose a danger to local residents.

The accident took place Tuesday, just after midnight, about 10 kilometres south of Rovaniemi.

The driver has been hospitalized and police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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