Shipping container spills corrosive chemicals on to Bruce Highway
Contained: Fire crews work to contain a chemical spill near the Bruce Highway north of Babinda earlier today. Picture: MIKE WATT.
FIREFIGHTERS were this morning treating a chemical spill of 1000 litres of commercial cleaning fluid beside the Bruce highway near Fishery Falls after a truck container lost its load.
The chemical was believed to be a mildy corrosive liquid and was pouring out of a shipping container on the back of a truck in a turn-out area near Fishery Falls.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson said at least 1000 litres had already poured onto the road.
Inspector Mark Jackson of Cairns Police said the leak was spotted by the truck driver at about 8.30 this morning so he pulled into a truck bay and notified authorities. The fluid, disolvoline, was “mildly corrosive”.
"He lost the entire 1000 litres," Det Jackson said. “But it poses no danger to animals, humans or the environment.”
He said EPA officers had inspected the leakage and firefighters were now soaking the area with chemicals to neutralise the spill.
There were no dispruptions to traffic.