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200-litre acid leak at Hopwood

Posted on December 08 2010 at 12:43:06

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Hopwood Services this morning following reports of a chemical leak from a tanker.

The call was received at 6.10am and three fire crews from Redditch plus one from Bromsgrove attended along with the Incident Response Unit from Droitwich and the Environmental Protection Unit from Stourport. The Command Support Unit and supporting appliance from Malvern also attended.

On arrival, crews found that a tanker containing around 23,000 litres of hydrochloric acid was leaking, and so they set up a safety cordon and started to put environmental measures in place to contain the leaking acid.

Station Manager Phil Griffiths from Redditch explained: “Firefighters in breathing apparatus initially helped to assess the situation and we now have a specialist environmental cleaning company on site working with us to help contain the leak and limit any environmental impact.

“We are currently planning for the chemical to be decanted into a second tanker later today and fire crews will remain at the scene until this has been completed.”

He also confirmed that the lorry driver and three members of the public had been assessed by ambulance staff as a precautionary measure after possible exposure to fumes. None of the four had suffered any ill effects.

An estimated 200 litres of acid is believed to have leaked from the tanker.

The motorway services remained open throughout the incident, although access to fuel was restricted for a time.

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