Date Posted03/02/2015

Bruce Highway reopens after truck believed to be carrying hydrochloric acid runs off road at Beerwah

The southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway at Beerwah have reopened almost three hoursafter a truck believed to be carrying a highly corrosive acid ran off the road.

Emergency services were called to the highway near Roys Road at Bells Creek about 7:15am to reports of the truck losing its load.

The truck ended up on its side just off the road and the driver suffered minor injuries.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the truck was thought to be carrying hydrochloric acid.

The southbound lanes reopened about 10:00am, however motorists have been enduring long delays.

ABC News journalist Gemma Breen, who has been held up by the spill, said southbound traffic just north of the crash site began moving at a snail’s pace when the road reopened.

“We’re crawling along and it hasn’t improved for a really long time. We’re about 30 minutes north of the spill site,” Breen said.

“Some cars have turned around and gone the other way.

“We’ve been caught in the traffic now for an hour… nothing seems to be improving.”

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