Mystery chemical spill catches cops unawares

2009-08-19 00:00

THREE traffic officers were taken to St Anne’s hospital yesterday after they inhaled a chemical substance that was in a drum that fell off an unidentified truck, on the N3 southbound lane yesterday.

Divisional officer at the fire department, Nathi Mchunu, said the drum was unidentifiable making it impossible for them to confirm what chemical was inside.

“At this stage we are treating it as a dangerous chemical. The truck that dropped it didn’t even bother to stop,” he said.

The drum had burst and spilled the chemical near the road.

He said the reason the traffic officers inhaled the chemical was because they went too close to the drum, being unaware that they were putting their lives in danger.

Transport Department spokesperson Lungile Ndlovu confirmed that the traffic officers were rushed to hospital.

“They are not critical but their condition is being monitored since we don’t know what the chemical is yet.”

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