Chemical spill on M6 | Knutsford Times

Chemical spill on M6

By on September 9, 2017

A section of the M6 near Knutsford was shut yesterday following a crash between two tankers, spilling 18,000 litres of chemical waste onto the motorway.

Fire services attended the scene, with both lanes of the motorway closed, as firefighters wearing chemical protection suits used water jets to apply water to the spillage. Nearby cars were evacuated as a precaution and two people were decontaminated at the scene.

Cheshire Police flew in a chemical scientists to identify the spill and the best course of action.

Ian Kay, station manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “It was two tankers that collided.

Unfortunately, one of the tankers ruptured and spilled chemicals onto the northbound carriageway.  We’ve not got large concerns about the chemical leak, however, we’re recommending that people find alternative routes home and keep away from the M6.”

The Hihways Agency later reopned the southbound carriageway whilst the clean-up operation remained in place.

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