Road closed by chemical spill drama

Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows
Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows
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THIS was the scene on Tuesday (August 2) at a busy St Helens road after a paint additive leaked all over the tarmac.

Police sealed off a section of the A49 Ashton Road in Newton-le-Willows shortly after 10am yesterday (August 2).

Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows

Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows

The emergency services were called after chemicals started leaking onto the roadway from a lorry carrying drums of paint additive.

Firefighters were immediately called to assess the scene and donned safety masks and chemical hazard suits before safely mopping up the spillage.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called just after 10am and sealed off Ashton Road - between the mini roundabout at the junction with the High Street and the service road to the Vista Road waste centre.

“It was quickly established that the chemicals did not present a risk to the public, but we kept the road closed for several hours to prevent any cars from skidding on the slippy surface.

Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows

Firemen in chemical hazard suits attend the scene of a chemical spill on Ashton Road, Newton Le Willows

“By midday firefighters had started to clean the puddle up. The road was re-opened at 1.19pm.”