The St Helens Linkway was closed for several hours after a lorry jack-knifed and spilled diesel on the road.
Firefighters were called to the town centre section of the road, close to the McDonalds restaurant, at around 11am yesterday (Monday).
A brigade spokesman said: “Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service received the call at 11.01am and crews were alerted at 11.05am. They were on scene at 11.11am.
“One fire engine attended the incident, which happened close to the McDonalds restaurant.
“A ruptured tank in the articulated lorry caused around 40-50 litres of diesel to spill on to the road.
“Firefighters swilled away the diesel and closed a section of the road.
“St Helens Council gritted the road for safety and firefighters remained at the scene for around one hour and 45 minutes.”