Molasses spill brings traffic to a halt at Dubbo

Dubbo Fire and Rescue and HAZMAT crews work to clean up a molsses spill on the Mitchell Highway yesterday, near Orana Mall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Dubbo Fire and Rescue and HAZMAT crews work to clean up a molsses spill on the Mitchell Highway yesterday, near Orana Mall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Dubbo Fire and Rescue and HAZMAT crews work to clean up a molsses spill on the Mitchell Highway yesterday, near Orana Mall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Fire and Rescue and HAZMAT crews work to clean up a molsses spill on the Mitchell Highway yesterday, near Orana Mall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

An eastbound lane of Mitchell Highway in front of Orana Mall was shut for an hour yesterday as Dubbo Fire and Rescue and HAZMAT crews cleaned up 600 litres of molasses that had spilled from a truck.

A crack in a container spread a trail of the liquid cattle feed over a distance of almost a kilometre but the worst of it was in front of the shopping centre. DFR were called to the scene just after 1pm and began cleaning up the mess.

"We've had a spill of a liquid cattle feed known as Molafos [molasses]," DFR station officer Adam Wixx said.

"It's quite sticky and there is a large puddle so that is why we use soil to soak it up. There is no danger to the public but we are cleaning it up because drivers are thinking it is oil and they are swerving to avoid it.

"Cleaning it up also ensures it doesn't end up in the drains."

Dubbo City Council also used a water truck and street sweeper to clean up the slick which spread for several hundred metres along the highway.