Emergency services respond to incident in Horsham

UPDATE 9.45am: A truck mechanical issue has led to disruptions for travellers in Horsham.

Sergeant Jason Bergen of Horsham police said the truck driver alerted emergency services after a mechanical issue left an oil slick from the Henty Highway to O’Callaghan Parade just before 7.30am. 

Sand remains on the left-hand, inbound lane and signs calling on people to drive safely in the area will remain throughout the day, he said. 

Both lanes have been re-opened to traffic after a 90-minute washaway exercise. 

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“It caused a good amount of disruption to local commuters going to work and school,” Sgt Bergen said. 

UPDATE 9am: An oil slick on Stawell Road, Horsham has impacted traffic for more than an hour this morning. 

The Country Fire Authority left the scene about 15 minutes ago.  

District 17 operations manager Dale Russell said firefighters received a call at 7.26am. 

“Originally the call said the oil slick was up to 300 millimetres wide and 500 metres long,” he said. 

Horsham Rural City Council provided sand to cover the oil as traffic was reduced to one lane. 

EARLIER: Traffic banked up along Stawell Road in Horsham this morning as emergency services responded to a washaway. 

Inbound traffic was reduced to one lane and some vehicles were diverted along River Road to Duff Street to avoid the incident. 

Traffic was also banked up along WIlliams Road to Burnt Creek on the eastern side of the intersection. 

It came as people returned to work and school after the Easter break. 

The Country Fire Authority was called to the incident just after 7.30am. 

Horsham police were providing support to direct traffic. 

More to come. 

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