2014 September: Wagga (NSW). Truck accident

Truck involved in Wagga Chemical Spill Unregistered

September 30 2014 – The Daily Advertiser

POLICE say the truck involved in an accident that shut down a major Wagga intersection for about nine hours on Monday was unregistered.

The truck, laden with farm equipment and chemicals, was being driven north on the Olympic Highway by a 31-year-old West Albury man when the accident occurred.

Investigators say as the truck approached the intersection of the Sturt and Olympic highways, shortly after 10am, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled down an embankment.

The driver managed to free himself and was assisted by passing motorists.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries and grazing.

Due to the hazardous nature of the truck’s cargo, a 100-metre exclusion zone was put in place and the intersection closed for most of the day.

Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT crews worked to contain the spill, understood to have been about 1000 litres of herbicide.

Containment lines were set up to prevent any spread into a nearby creek.

The road closure caused extensive detours, with Sturt Highway motorists diverted through Uranquinty.
See your ad here

Pearson Street, Glenfield Road and Red Hill Road were used as an alternate route by motorists travelling in all directions.

Westbound lanes at the intersection were re-opened about 5.50pm, with the scene cleared by 7.15pm.

In a statement, released on Tuesday, Wagga police said “preliminary investigations revealed that the truck was unregistered”.

The truck has been seized by Roads and Maritime Services pending a mechanical examination.

Inquiries into the accident are continuing.