During the evening on Tuesday, February 11, a truck carrying soda lime has begun allegedly spilling the product from Smithfield, through Wetherill Park and on the M7 and M5 to Ingleburn.
After numerous calls from members of the public, police and fire hazmat crews responded along with three council areas street sweepers used to clean up the extensive area affected for the next six hours.
The 26-year-old male driver from Springvale, Victoria was spoken to on the night and is assisting police. Police will also be following up with his employer with likely action to follow.
Soda lime (powder) is commonly used in building products such as asphalt, render and concrete. Once airborne can cause eye, skin and lung irritation.
Man charged for spitting on a woman
At 9am on Tuesday, February 11, a woman was walking along Smart Street, Fairfield when a man seated on a bench allegedly spat on her face and hair. A verbal altercation occurred with other members of the public also assisting the woman. The parties were unknown to each other with no prior interaction.
Police were called and a short time later a 39-year-old man from Fairfield was arrested and charged with common assault. He is bail refused to Fairfield court on March 25.
Man charged with traffic offences
At 5pm on Wednesday, February 12, police stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Lansdowne Road and the Hume Hwy. Checks revealed the vehicle was unregistered since September 2019 and the driver disqualified from driving until October 2020. The 62-year -old man from Canley Heights was charged with using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and driving while disqualified He will appear at Liverpool court on March 3.