Firefighters had to quickly dig a protective channel to prevent yeast spilled from a truck reaching Lake Taupo.



Police Sergeant Fane Troy said a truck and trailer unit failed to take a moderate bend on a road that intersected with State Highway One in the town at 1am yesterday.



The truck rolled and slid off the road before stopping when it hit a tree.



It was carrying a variety of goods including two containers of liquid yeast which spilt and flowed toward the lake.

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The crash closed a section of SH1 until mid-morning.