Truck carrying 5,000 litres of paint rolls and spills its colourful load across a busy highway causing traffic chaos
- Truck transporting six tonnes of paint rolls on Bulli Pass
- Around 5,000 litres of water-based paint spilled
- Emergency services still cleaning up the spillage
A truck delivering tonnes of paint has stopped traffic on a popular highway after it rolled over and spilled its slick load.
The truck was delivering six tonnes of paint to Bunnings Warehouses across the Illawarra region on Tuesday morning when it crashed while attempting a hairpin turn on the Bulli Pass on the Princes Highway.
Emergency Services were called just after 10am, finding ‘approximately 5,000 litres of water-based paint spilt onto the roadway’, a statement from Fire and Rescue NSW reads.
A truck carrying around six tonnes of paint has rolled on a hairpin turn on the Bulli Pass, north of Wollongong, spilling around 5000 litres of paint onto the busy highway (pictured)
Emergency services created a makeshift dam out of sand and soil to prevent the paint from spreading further down the road.
The crash left one lane of the Bulli Pass closed between while specialist hazmat teams from Shellharbour and Sydney work to clean up the paint spillage.
The Bulli Pass provides passage to over 12,000 vehicles in and out of north Wollongong every day.
The truck driver left the crash unscathed.
‘It was also a miracle no other cars were taken out as they were going up or coming down Bulli Pass,’ Fire and Rescue New South Wales Duty Commander, Chad Wallace, told the ABC.
‘Any paint spill is hard to clean up, but when it is six tonnes it will take many hours.’
Emergency services are still working on containing the spillage with one lane of the highway now closed