UPDATE 3.30PM: A five hour clean-up operation to remove and trailer load of spilt fertiliser from Bargara and Burnett Heads Rds at the turtle roundabout is nearing completion.

Six Fire and Emergency Services vehicles, including a specialist Hazmat team Maryborough have been at the scene of the incident since the trailer, which was being towed by a tractor, rolled this morning.

The road reminds closed but is expected to open by about 4pm after most of the calcium nitrate was manually swept up and removed from the road.

Fire crews are now neutralising and making the area safe. 

 

UPDATE NOON: Fire and Rescue officers have now set up a command post at the Bargara Ambulance Station to deal with the emergency and chemical clean up.

The ambulance station is situated just around the corner from the turtle roundabout.

No one was injured in the accident but there is concern that the chemical could enter local waterways. 

Residents in the exclusion zone have been evacuated.

 

UPDATE 11.30: The owners of the tractor are trying to organise a crane to upright and remove the trailer.

Fire crews have set up a control station to manage the incident.

A massive clean-up operation is underway.

Motorists are advised to stay well clear of the area, which has a strong ammonia like smell.

The substance is understood to be calcium nitrate in liquid form.

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EARLIER: A TRACTOR towing a trailer containing fertiliser has rolled at the turtle roundabout on Bargara Rd, closing the road to motorists.

Emergency services have closed Bargara Rd, Burnett Heads Rd and Windermere Rd. Those needing travel to Bargara are advised to use FE Walker St and Back Windermere Road.

Time frame of road block/closure is unknown.

 

Fire crews are setting up an exclusion zone to keep motorists well away from the corrosive substance, which is spread all over the road.

Surrounding areas within 25m have been evacuated and the tractor driver has been decontaminated and is being treated by paramedics.

There are concerns about the fertiliser running into waterways.

 

 

The clean-up operation is expected to take and while and motorists are urged to avoid the area.



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