Diesel spill danger averted
THE Country Fire Authority is urging motorists to take care on the roads, with the likelihood of more rain making driving conditions dangerous in South Gippsland.
The warning came in the wake of a diesel spill that stretched along the South Gippsland Highway from Leongatha to Kardella South last Wednesday morning.
The diesel leaked from a truck and spanned from Hughes Street in Leongatha to the junction of the highway at Barnes Road at Kardella South.
Two vehicles slid off the highway after driving on the diesel, but fortunately no one was injured and the drivers soon returned to the road. Those incidents occurred at two locations along the highway, at the junctions with Lows Road and Barnes Road.
The spill happened during the morning rush, just after 8.30am, with workers and families commuting.
Ruby CFA captain Darren Hardacre said the incident was a warning for motorists to drive to the conditions, as road were also wet at the time.
“It’s that time of the year where there are slippery conditions, because of rain, diesel or cow effluent on the roads so people need to be very cautious about driving,” he said.
Police from Leongatha and Korumburra joined with CFA brigades from Leongatha, Ruby and Korumburra to alert motorists at various locations along the route.
The truck stopped near Barnes Road, and VicRoads and South Gippsland Shire Council staff spread sand along the spill to soak up the diesel.
“We’ve had a lot of calls about diesel on the road and people sliding out,” Leading Senior Constable Carl Baido of Korumburra Police said at the scene.
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