DANGEROUS LEAK: Emergency crews shut the Capricorn Hwy after a B-double started leaking a chemical on Tuesday.
DANGEROUS LEAK: Emergency crews shut the Capricorn Hwy after a B-double started leaking a chemical on Tuesday. Lisa Benoit Roklhighway

Capricorn Hwy to be closed intermittently today

7.55AM: A QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said crews were still working to clear the scene of a chemical leak on the Capricorn Hwy. 

The spokesperson said efforts to decant anhydrous ammonia from a leaking B-Double and into another truck had been hindered over the past two days due to a faulty valve. 

The spokesperson said crews returned to the scene this morning with a new plan of attack and the Capricorn Hwy would be closed intermittently today as they worked to resolve the issue. 

The spokesperson could not confirm how long it would be until the incident was resolved. 

6.50am: REPORTS indicate the Capricorn Highway is reopened in both directions this morning at Wycarbah after Tuesday's incident.

The highway was closed and a 1km exclusion zone put in place on Tuesday afternoon when a B-double carrying anhydrous ammonia started leaking.

Emergency services remain in the area to monitor gas levels in an area of about 2kms.

5am: AN EXCLUSION zone remained in place overnight as Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews worked to clear the scene of a dangerous chemical leak on the Capricorn Hwy.

The highway was closed and a 1km exclusion zone put in place on Tuesday afternoon when a B-double carrying anhydrous ammonia started leaking.

A police spokesperson yesterday said QFES were forced to abandon attempts at decanting the dangerous chemical into another truck on Tuesday night.

The spokesperson said crews were back at the scene early yesterday to again attempt to pump out the chemical.

"The chemical froze overnight and it was hoped it would thaw out as the sun came up," the spokesperson said.

"There is a lot of ammonia in the air out there and all oncoming vehicles are urged to keep a safe distance."

Emergency crews were frustrated to spot a group of civilians trying to access the scene through a rail corridor.

A QFES spokesperson was yesterday afternoon unsure how long it would take to decant the chemical, remove the truck and make the scene safe.



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