Major chemical spill blocks off busy Melbourne road after a truck crash leaving the driver trapped for TWO hours – with emergency services urgently trying to clean up the site
- Hazmat crews called to scene of a truck crash in Melbourne after chemical spill
- Truck carrying pesticides crashed through barrier along Western Ring Road
- Cleanup is still underway and is expected to take remainder of the morning
Hazmat crews are on the scene of a truck crash in Melbourne’s north-west this morning after a major chemical spill.
A large B-double carrying hazardous pesticides crashed through a barrier and down an embankment along Western Ring Road at Tullamarine at 2am on Friday.
The truck was left hanging off the ramp with the 41-year-old driver trapped in the cabin before he was freed by emergency services two hours later.
He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
Hazardous fumes from the chemical spill has prompted authorities to urge locals to remain indoors.
Hazmat crews are on the scene of a truck crash in Melbourne this morning after a major chemical spill
Airport West, Gladstone Park, Gowanbrae, Strathmore Heights and Tullamarine residents have been issued the caution.
‘There is currently no threat to the community, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions,’ VicEmergency said in an alert.
Police, fire, ambulance and Rescue Victoria crews are all on scene as the cleanup continues along the freeway.
Fire Rescue Victoria described the spill as ‘significant’.
Commuters have been told to find an alternative route with the Altona-bound exit ramp onto Melrose Drive expected to remain closed until the afternoon.
‘The ramp closure may continue through until this afternoon so drivers are encouraged to plan ahead,’ the Department of Transport said.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Drivers with dashcam footage have been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A truck was carrying hazardous pesticides before it crashed through a barrier and down an embankment along Western Ring Road at Tullamarine at 2am on Friday
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