Explosive cargo spills from semi

LILYVALE Road, north of Emerald, was closed to traffic until late yesterday when a truck carting 60 tonnes of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate overturned and lost two-thirds of its load.

Emergency services enforced a one-kilometre exclusion zone. Ammonium nitrate is used as a base for explosive charges at the region’s minesites.

Emerald’s acting Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said the driver told police he was momentarily distracted about 3am, and the wheels went off the bitumen.

When he regained control, the two rear trailers had tipped, bursting the containers holding the load.

A State Government mining explosives inspector was called in, as were authorised personnel from Moranbah, to deal with the spill.Lilyvale Road is the Gregory Highway entrance point to several mines including BMA’s Gregory Crinum mine.



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