Hazardous liquid leak at BP service station near Geelong puts dozens of people in hospital

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Baku, March 2, AZERTAC

About 30 people have been taken to hospital, some suffering respiratory problems, after a hazardous liquid leak at a BP service station near Geelong, according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

About 100 litres of liquid has leaked at the station on the Princes Highway at Avalon since it was detected about 1:00pm.

The leak came from a B-double truck carrying butyl acrylate, which is similar to paint thinner.

It is understood the leak came from a crack at the rear of the truck.

Ambulance Victoria said 30 people had been transported to Geelong Hospital as a result of coming into contact with the product's vapours, but were all in a stable condition.

Geelong Hospital said 35 people had been admitted following the incident, with the possibility that one of them would remain in hospital overnight for observation.

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