Published: 00:01, 31 March 2014 |
Updated: 11:15, 31 March 2014
Two people had to be decontaminated after being exposed to a chemical leak.
The chemical potassium hydroxide leaked from the cargo of a heavy goods vehicle at the Medway motorway services on the M2 and an industrial estate in Sittingbourne, sparking a major emergency response.
Six fire engines, a command support unit, an incident support unit, a detection investigation and monitoring unit, the South East Coast Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team, Kent Police, and the Environment Agency were involved.
Firefighters wearing gas-tight suits with breathing apparatus worked to make the loads safe with advice from the Environment Agency.
The driver of the lorry and another person who has not been identified had to be decontaminated following exposure to the chemical substance and fumes from it. They were treated at the scene by the ambulance hazardous response team paramedics. Both were taken to hospital for observation.
No other injuries were reported. Potassium hydroxide is used in a number of different ways including oil refinery, soap making and paper making.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.