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CHEMICAL SPILL IN SHORWELL

firestockUPDATED: Fire crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are this morning attending a chemical spill in Shorwell after an incident involving a crop sprayer.

Shorwell Shute, Clatterford Road and Nodgham Lane have been closed by Police after emergency services were alerted to the incident at 05:40 this morning by the driver of the vehicle.

Up to 3,000 litres of Aviator Xpro, a fungicide used to increase wheat crop yields, started to leak from the container vehicle. The fungicide is a hazardous chemical which is dangerous to the environment.

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Three fire crews including the Foam Salvage Tender from East Cowes attended the scene and have prevented the spill reaching nearby streams and drains.

Environmental Health officers are assessing the situation, while any remaining liquid is pumped into a second secure container.

As a result of the Clatterford Road closure  between Carisbrooke and Shorwell, Southern Vectis will be operating a shuttle service between Brooke and Shorwell from 09:00.

UPDATE @ 09:23 – The spillage has been successfully contained by the fire service and has not entered any drains or waterways. Crews stood down at 09:00.

The incident is now in the hands of Police and the Environment Agency.

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UPDATE @ 12:35 – Shorwell Shute and the surrounding roads have now re-opened.

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