Monday 20th July 2015 – 8.30pm – Murray MacGregor.
Two workers who were securing a leaking chemical tanker on a motorway service station have been given precautionary checks by ambulance staff after being decontaminated by firefighters.
The incident started at about 4.15pm at the southbound Frankley Services, just off the M5 between junctions 3 and 4.
An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a National Inter-agency Liaison Officer (NILO) were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The initial call suggested that Hydrochloric Acid was venting off from a lorry that had stopped at the services.
“On arrival, ambulance staff worked jointly with fire and police colleagues to ensure the southbound services were evacuated and secure.
“Staff from the company that own the tanker brought in a second tanker and also handled the sealing of the leak using specialist protection equipment.
“Once finished, they were decontaminated by firefighters and given a full check over by ambulance staff as a precaution. They were discharged after assessment.
“All ambulance resources were clear of the scene by 7.45pm.”