Chemical spill hits high alert

ROCKHAMPTON fire crews were on high alert last night after a chemical spill was discovered at the rail yards near the corner of Denison and Stanley Streets.

The train driver, trans- porting about 10,000 litres of Metham, discovered a small leak from a carriage and called the emergency ser- vices at about 4pm.

Fire fighters contained the site around the corro- sive and flammable chemi- cal but maintained a safe distance while assessing the situation, station officer Charlie Fenton said.

"It gives off a toxic and corrosive gas which then be- comes an irritant to the eyes and nose,'' he said.

After receiving advice from chemical experts, spe- cially suited crews ap- proached the carriage and found one of 10 containers punctured and leaking.

He said earth would be used to cover the spill.

Because the chemical re- acted with water, using the hoses would have created "a worse case scenario''.

Emergency services were ready to evacuate nearby houses if the problem esca- lated.

"It's contained and not really a problem and that's how we want to keep it,'' Mr Fenton said.



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