Killarney Gap Rd closed after hazardous chemical spill

Killarney Gap Road between Bingara and Narrabri was closed late last week due to a hazardous chemical spill caused by a truck rollover.

Chemical spill: A number of local fire crews helped with the Killarney Gap Rd clean-up, with some firies spending a long Saturday in protective spillage suits.

Chemical spill: A number of local fire crews helped with the Killarney Gap Rd clean-up, with some firies spending a long Saturday in protective spillage suits.

Moree Police report a medium rigid truck with a back trailer was travelling east when it appears to have rolled at about 2.30pm on Thursday July 27. The incident happened about 30 kilometres south-east of Bingara at Back Creek. 

Photos courtesy of Fire and Rescue NSW, Narrabri.

Photos courtesy of Fire and Rescue NSW, Narrabri.

A 56-year-old male driver and 23-year-old male passenger, both from Victoria, sustained minor injuries. The truck was carrying chemicals used for rural purposes and fire crews constructed a temporary dam to prevent any spillage from reaching a creek.

“Crews from Narrabri, Tamworth and Gunnedah worked in spillage suits from 8am to 4pm on Saturday to render the chemicals safe,” New England north-west zone commander for Fire and Rescue NSW, Tom Cooper said.

A chemical company used a ten-tonne excavator to remove contaminated soil for transport and cleaning in Sydney. The road re-opened at around 7.45am on Sunday.