2007 July: Lockwood (Vic). Truck Crash herbicides.

Driver alert as Roads Freeze

The Age July 18 2007

Icy conditions are causing havoc on Victorian roads as the big chill settles across central Victoria.

After more near-zero temperatures this morning, rain and sleet have turned into black ice on many roads, making them treacherous hazards.

In the worst reported incident, ice is being blamed for a huge herbicide spill after a truck rolled on black ice on the Calder Alternative Road at Lockwood about 3.45am.

The truck was carrying 64 20-litre drums of weed killer, many of which have now spilled causing emergency services to close the road in both directions.

A CFA spokeswoman said specialists from the Environment Protection Agency and 20 firefighters wearing splash suits were attempting a “recovery proceedure”.

“They are using over-sized drums to take away the broken drums,” said the spokeswoman.

The male truck driver has been taken to hospital.