A PETROL tanks has suffered a ruptured fuel tank on the Forth Road Bridge.
Pools of diesel were left on the bridge surface as a result of the accident at around 1.15pm this afternoon, and bridge bosses have been forced to close one lane of traffic as a result.
A team of sweepers were working to “mop up” the fuel for hours, with detergent just south of the North Tower.
The closure of a northbound lane led to huge tailbacks on the M9 and M90 to Kirkliston but it is understood no one has been injured.
The bridge was fully reopened just before 9pm.
A spokesman for the Forth Road Bridge said: “It’s a significant spill which has to be mopped up because the fuel can damage the bridge so we have to clean it thoroughly.”
Work on the bridge continued until late evening.
It is understood the rupture was caused by a large fragment of metal which appeared to have come off another vehicle.
A spokesman confirmed both lanes had reopened at around 8.40pm.
He said: “We still expect big delays but it should be clear in the next few hours.”