Roadtrain explosion halts transport in Western Australia

Exmouth explosion

A triple roadtrain combination explosion on Exmouth-Minilya Road in Western Australia is affecting the supply of food to Exmouth supermarkets.

Two roadtrain trailers carrying 180 cylinders of compressed gas, each containing 120 litres, became unhitched in an incident yesterday afternoon, ABC News is reporting.

Many of the cylinders on board exploded, but the prime mover and first trailer reportedly reached a safe distance 800 metres away.

It was revealed the truck driver was not injured and the detached truck carrying the trailers was not impacted by the fire.

Emergency WA Warnings & Incidents revealed that the fire spread to the surrounding bush land, burning around 200 hectares.

While firefighting teams first to the site contained the roadside bushfires after the explosion, an 800 metre exclusion zone is still in place in parts of Minilya-Exmouth Road in both lanes.

Parts of Minilya-Exmouth Road were closed in both directions with a single lane recently opened by authorities.

Earlier today, Emergency WA Warnings & Incidents deemed the area not safe to enter.

At present, it is urging the public to stay away from the area.

“If you are already in the area take advice from emergency services personnel,” a spokesperson said.

“As a precautionary measure, people in the area should remain inside, out of the smoke or fumes, with doors and windows closed.

“Air conditioners should also be switched off.”

It is recommended people with medical concerns should contact their local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Emergency responders will provide updates, but currently the situation remains fluid.

According to ABC News, there are around 50 trucks, caravans and cars stuck on the southern side of the road block just north of the Burkett Road turn-off.

Every two years, the United Nations updates the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations.

These model regulations are regularly adopted by participating countries upon consultation.

Submissions were taken for the first series of working group papers last February for a review of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code).

It aims to develop a world standard ADG Code with a focus on the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

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