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Droitwich road closed off after chemical spill

Droitwich Editorial 15th Apr, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A DROITWICH road had to be cordoned off after a chemical spill from a lorry.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to the scene on Kidderminster Road yesterday (April 14) about 9.30pm.

Four fire engines and an Environmental Protection Unit were sent to the spillage, orginally of an unknown substance, from containers holding different chemicals within the vehicle.

Fire crews worked closely with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Mercia Police to identify the substance using gas tight suits and monitoring equipment.

The road was blocked off for about three hours while crews established what the substance was – Ethyl Nitrate.

The leaking was from four seperate 18kg drums in the lorry which were then placed in an oversized drum.

Mark Strutt, station commander from HWFRS, said: “The crews worked closely with on-site specialists to identify and secure the substance, which was due to be delivered to another site.

“Due to the nature of the hazard it was important that we took all precautions whilst minimising the impact on local residents and businesses.

“Working with West Mercia Police, we established a road block and cordon to prevent access to the site.”

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