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Road traffic and hazmat incident on Calder Freeway, Keilor Park

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24 May 2016
Seven vehicles involved in the incident, and a fuel tanker has overturned

Just after 8.30am this morning, emergency services received calls to attend a road traffic accident and large scale hazmat incident on the Calder Freeway near Keilor Park.
Seven vehicles were involved in the incident, and a fuel tanker has overturned. The tanker was carrying 60,000 litres of fuel, a third of which leaked onto the freeway. 
Some of this fuel and chemical foam may have entered Steele Creek so MFB, EPA and Melbourne Water are at the Creek monitoring the area for any impact on the waterway. Visitors are advised to avoid the Creek until further notice due to the potential impacts. 
One fatality has been confirmed, and the driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital. Other casualties have been treated on scene by Ambulance Victoria and taken to hospital for further assessment.
MFB, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, CFA and EPA are working together to clean up the fuel spill, and remove the vehicles so that the road can be opened back up as quickly as possible.
The focus has now moved to the broader consequences and impacts to local traffic and the community.
MFB is currently overseeing the decanting of fuel from the overturned tanker, and then the tanker will be removed. The scene will then be handed over to Victoria Police to investigate the cause.  
The road remains closed and will be for a considerable period of time. Commuters are advised to plan to start planning their journey home tonight and if possible, consider leaving work early or delay their travel.  For updates regarding road closures please visit: traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au

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