SUSPECTED LEAK: Firefighters rush to a suspected chemical spill in Red Rover Road.
SUSPECTED LEAK: Firefighters rush to a suspected chemical spill in Red Rover Road.

'Absorbant' used to soak up liquid from busy Gladstone road

UPDATE: 5.59pm: 

A MASSIVE clean-up of fuel that spilt across a busy Gladstone road this afternoon saw council worker's hauled in to help firefighters mop up.

Police shut down the busy Red Rover Road as firefighter worked to establish if the liquid that had spilled across the road was a chemical.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the liquid was a "fuel of some sort" with "nil readings" for harmful chemicals, despite initially being coded as a "chemical spill or leak".

The spokeswoman said council, with firefighters, used "large amounts of absorbent" to clean the fuel, which would have posed a traffic hazard.

She said a driver had spilt fuel but wasn't able to confirm what happened.

Initial reports were that a 000 caller told emergency services that a drum had fallen off the back of a truck.

 

It is understood police have re-opened Red Rover Road. 

UPDATE: 4.46pm: 

POLICE have shut down Gladstone's busy Red Rover Road as firefighters try to establish if a chemical has spilt on the road.

Initial reports were that a 000 caller told emergency services that a drum had fallen off the back of a truck.

A Gladstone police spokesman confirmed that police had temporarily shut down the road.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said initial tests of the substance had come back as "neutral" but firefighter wouldn't know what the substance is until further testing.

Two fire crews are on scene along with paramedics and police, who are directing traffic.

More to come

EARLIER: 

FIREFIGHTERS are rushing to a suspected "chemical spill or leak" on Callemondah's Red Rover Road.

Initial reports are that the 000 caller told emergency services that a drum had fallen off the back of a truck.

Police have shut down the road.  

Red Rover Road, the scene of a suspected chemical leak.
Red Rover Road, the scene of a suspected chemical leak.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said two firefighter units had been dispatched but had not yet arrived on the scene.

She said once they arrive on scene, they will attempt to establish exactly what the substance is.

It is understood paramedics and police are also rushing to the scene.

Initial reports are that the 000 caller told emergency services that a drum had fallen off the back of a truck.

More to come



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