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Monash Freeway chemical spill

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By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  1.09 PM 12 November, 2014


Location: District 8 News

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UPDATE WED 2:30PM: Specialist Hazardous Materials Firefighters have stabilised a chemical spill which closed the Monash Freeway.

A drum of highly flammable aviation fuel which was leaking, has been made safe.

The fuel was being transported in a truck also carrying other highly dangerous chemicals.

Firefighters in fully enclosed gas suits worked succesffully for several hours to prevent the chemicals mixing or igniting.

The leaking fuel has been decanted, while the other chemicals have also been secured and will transported later today.

UPDATE WED 2:15PM: The inbound lanes Monash Freeway are set to reopen within minutes, while outbound lanes could reopen as soon as 2:30PM.

CFA crews are making assessments on what chemicals are involved in a spill on the Monash Freeway at Endeavour Hills.

CFA have issued an advice message on the incident, which encourages residents to turn off all air-conditioning and monitor conditions.

Firefighters in fully enclosed gas suits are at the scene of the spill at the Heatherton Road overpass.

The freeway remains closed at Stud Road outbound and people are advised to avoid the area. Monitor the VicRoads website for updates.

District 8 Operations Officer Greg Christison said crews would be working to clear the hazardous materials as soon as possible.

He said that a passing car had alerted the truck driver to the chemical leak who then pulled over and alerted emergency services.

Last Updated: 12 November 2014