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Chemical spill off truck causes section of Rockingham Road in Kwinana to shut

Claire SadlerThe West Australian
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Road closure on Rockingham Road due to chemical spill.
Camera IconRoad closure on Rockingham Road due to chemical spill. Credit: Main Roads WA

A chemical spill has closed down a section of Rockingham Road with people in the area urged to stay inside.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to Rockingham Road near the intersection of Anketell Road about 1.40pm on Tuesday after chemicals fell off a truck.

The chemical has been identified as sodium hydroxide — a common ingredient in cleaning products that can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.

The spill has caused DFES to set up a warning zone all the way from Wattleup to East Rockingham.

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Motorists are urged to find an alternative route due to Rockingham Road southbound and northbound between Beard Street and Anketell Road being closed as crews work to clean up the spill.

Emergency Services personnel are expected to remain there for several hours.

WorkSafe chief dangerous goods officer Iain Dainty said there was an officer on the scene overseeing the clean up.

“The WorkSafe officer is assisting the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to manage the incident,” he said.

Road closure on Rockingham Road due to chemical spill.
Camera IconRoad closure on Rockingham Road due to chemical spill. Credit: Main Roads WA

People in the area were urged to remain inside with doors and windows closed and air cons switched off before the hazmat incident was deemed safe at about 3.30am on Wednesday.

Anyone with medical concerns should contact their doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

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