Crystal Spencer

Sewage truck spill concerns

A PRIVATE wooden bridge over Dungay Creek collapsed under the weight of a sewage truck yesterday, causing a minor effluent spill.

The Solo Waste truck was leaving a Dungay Creek Road property about 1pm when the bridge broke in the centre.

Residents downstream of the accident were warned not to drink or use the water due to a small liquid waste spill.

The truck’s 36-year-old male driver, believed to be from the Tweed Shire, was transported by ambulance to the Murwillumbah hospital with minor injuries.

Murwillumbah Rural Fire Service senior deputy Joe Frankland said the truck had been pumping a septic tank on the property.

“We’re getting a big crane in shortly to get it out,” he said.

“The truck’s going to be pumped out before we move it to reduce the risk of sewage spilling.

“All up it should take about three hours.”

A spokesperson from the North Coast Area Health Service said the man was in a stable condition in the emergency department and was expected to be discharged yesterday afternoon.

Brigades from Murwillumbah and Tweed, Murwillumbah Police, Murwillumbah Ambulance Service and Hazmat attended the accident.

Tweed Shire Council yesterday advised all properties downstream from 361 Dungay Creek Road to re-frain from drawing water from or utilising the creek for recreational purposes until further notice is given by council.

They said this does not affect the Tweed water supply in anyway, only residents downstream of the Dungay Creek property who may use the water for other purposes.

Council environmental health officers attended the site and said it appeared only a small amount of liquid waste had been released into the creek.


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