September 12, 2008

M4 Shut After Crash Causes Chemical Spill

THE main M4 corridor was shut for five hours after a lorry carrying potentially dangerous materials was involved in a crash.

Emergency services were called to an accident involving three lorries, two vans and two cars close to Junction 30, Llanedeyrn, at around 9.20amyesterday.

One of the lorries spilled quicklime over the road so the motorway was shut in both directions while a clean-up operation was put in place.

Environmental officers were called in to oversee the clean-up because of the potentially harmful nature of quicklime.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "South Wales Police notified us because of the chemical spill caused by the accident. We wanted to make sure that the spilled quicklime did not cause any damage to the environment - especially the nearby River Rhymney. It would have been devastating for local wildlife."

The eastbound carriageway of the M4 was reopened shortly before 2pm and the westbound carriageway was reopened an hour later.

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