Firefighters carry out complex recovery following semi-trailer rollover - Kembla Grange

Published: 12 Jun 2024 12:05pm

The driver of an overturned car carrier has escaped without injury at Kembla Grange, in the state’s Illawarra.

Fire crews responded to the crash just before 1am today, finding the semi-trailer, with seven new cars on board, had toppled over.

Six FRNSW trucks from Shellharbour, Dapto, Wollongong and Unanderra, managed the emergency incident overnight.

Surrounding power lines had fallen during the crash, causing recovery effort delays and causing a small grassfire nearby.

Two of the truck’s diesel tanks had ruptured, causing a spill on the road, requiring FRNSW’s specialist ‘Hazmat’ response crews to clean up and render the area safe. 

FRNSW Duty Commander, Chad Wallace, described it as a challenging operation with many moving parts.

“This incident has been quite protracted due to its complexity,” Inspector Wallace said.

“The fallen power lines, hazardous spill and grassfire made this incident quite tricky to combat.”

“Our priority was to ensure that the fallen power lines were isolated so the area was safe, a process that took approximately two hours.”

The clean up of the scene continues, however no road closures are in place.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by NSW Police.  

Updated: 12 Jun 2024 12:09pm

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DAPTO Fire Station

88 Byamee Street, Dapto NSW 2530

UNANDERRA Fire Station

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