Hazmat incident in Maitland

Published: 4th February 2009

Firefighters from Maitland, East Maitland, Telarah, Hazmat specialists from Newcastle and the Duty Commander responded to an over turned semi trailer on the New England Highway, Maitland. The truck, that had also hit a power pole, was carrying fuel that was slowly leaking. Fire crews dealt with the leak, set up fire protection and evacuated 10 people from a nearby shop as a recovery team decanted the fuel into another vehicle. After the fuel was decanted and the truck righted fire crews carried out a final clean up ensuring the area was safe. The emergency took over five hours to bring to a safe conclusion.