Brussels ring road reopens after toxic spill shuts it through the night
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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The Brussels ring road was reopened early on Tuesday after remaining closed throughout the night following an incident with a truck which spilt its toxic and flammable cargo after tipping over.
After working since mid-afternoon Monday to clear the road, authorities reopened the outer ring road at around 5:30 AM on Tuesday, with the inner ring reopened shortly before 2:00 AM.
At the time of the crash, it remained unclear when the busy ring road would reopen, with authorities suggesting alternative itineraries for drivers.
The incident saw the Walloon-Brabant Crisis Centre trigger the emergency provincial plan after the truck landed on its side on 2:45 PM on Monday, with traffic completely halted on both directions near Haut-Ittre, in the province of Walloon Brabant.
The truck, which was heading in the direction of Groot-Bijgaarden, northeast of Brussels, was carrying a highly flammable resin, which at around 11:00 PM officials cold be still seen working to remove, De Standaard reports.
Provincial authorities said that after the leaked product was clean up, there would be no risk of air pollution.