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Milk tanker in serious roll

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By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  4.11 PM 24 August, 2013


Location: District 9 News

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A semi-trailer loaded with fresh milk has rolled onto its side while turning a corner near Trafalgar.

District 9 Duty Officer Ian Pattie said CFA were called to the incident around11:24am on Saturday 24 August.

“Investigations into why the tanker rolled are underway but one possibly is mechanical failure,” he said.

“What made this incident tricky for our members was that the tanker was leaking both liquid natural gas, which can ignite, and milk which is considered a pollutant.”

EPA attended and dammed the escaped milk before removing and disposing of it.

Mr Pattie said the driver of the semi-trailer was on his way to the factory after picking-up his rounds from diary farms.

“The driver suffered a nasty gash to the head but was walking around after the incident," he said. 

"He has been taken to hospital for observation and minor treatment.”

Some of the thousands of litres of milk in the semi-trailer was able to be saved and was decanted by Goulburn Murray into other tankers.

The vehicle was lifted back onto its wheels using heavy haulage and recovery bags as CFA remained on scene for several hours while the clean-up continued.

Mr Pattie said Baw Baw Shire still needed to complete work to make sure the road was clear of milk and oil and is safe for vehicles.

350 litres of liquified natural gas and 600 litres of milk were contained and removed. The Incident Controller was Captain Mynard from Trafalgar brigade and crews were onscene from Trafalgar, Yarragon, Morwell and Warragul.

Other services attended from Warragul SES, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and EPA.

Images and extra information from Troy Longson - CFA Photographer.

Last Updated: 26 August 2013