Truckload of RATs salvaged from crash - Horsley Park

Published: 21 Feb 2022 02:35pm

A large truck filled with Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) rolled spilling its cargo alongside the M7 Motorway in Sydney's Greater West yesterday afternoon.

The crash occurred after a truck toppled over the safety barrier as the driver negotiated the Wallgrove Road southbound offramp just after 2:00 pm at Horsely Park.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) were initially called to assist with a suspected diesel spill which was quickly managed by firefighters.

When the load was identified as thousands of RATs, FRNSW crews remained on scene to assist the NSW Rural Fire Service with the recovery of the precious cargo.

The truck was hauled upright and the load was salvaged and reboxed ready for inspection in a ninety-minute multiagency operation.

Vision of the salvage operation is available here: [external link]

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) when you are involved in or see a crash can be the difference between life and death.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said a large amount of electrical energy is discharged when lightning strikes a house, tree or car.

Community members are urged to keep up to date with local weather events that may impact their area.

"During a storm, stay indoors where possible to protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets. However, in the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).”

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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