23 September 1998
Eight treated after BSE blood spillage

By FWi staff

EIGHT people have been taken to hospital after 22 tonnes of cattle blood spilled on to the M6 motorway.

The northbound carriageway was blocked between junctions nine and 10 near Walsall after a seal failed on a tanker lorry taking the blood to a processing plant in Widnes.

The blood was from cattle slaughtered under the Governments selective cull, designed to prevent meat infected with BSE from entering the human food chain.

The tanker driver, his wife, four firefighters and two policemen were treated at Walsall Manor Hospital where they washed off the blood.

Environmental health officers have been called to the scene of the spillage and motorists are advised to avoid the area.