Thursday, February 15, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Toxic Spill Caused Highway Closure

A truck rollover on the Bruce Highway, on Tuesday, February 13, caused a five-kilometre exclusion zone.

The truck was travelling on the Bruce Highway on Tuesday morning, when is rolled over at Bloomsbury, south of Proserpine, at 11.30am, causing a blockage for both lanes of traffic.

The truck was transporting ammonium nitrate, an agricultural fertilizer which is commonly utilised by mining industries for explosives.

The exclusion zone was established following the truck leaking ammonium nitrate, with police evacuating properties along Stafford Road, Campbells Road, Caping Road and O’Donnells Road.

The Bruce Highway was closed from 11.30am, with traffic diverted along Kunipipi Road an Midge Point Road.

By the morning of Wednesday, February 14, independent crews were cleaning up the spill, with representatives of the truck driver on site assisting.

At time of print, the highway remained closed, and emergency services were hesitant to release an time to expect the reopening.

The driver was transported to Proserpine Hospital in a stable condition, and paramedics remained at the scene to assist other emergency services.

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