A14 re-opens after chemical spillage causes closure for much of the morning - 20 fire fighters attend the incident

PUBLISHED: 14:15 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 08 March 2017

Crews are now leaving the scene following a chemical spillage on the A14. The chemical was founf to be non-hazardous. PHOTO: Cambs Fire Service

Crews are now leaving the scene following a chemical spillage on the A14. The chemical was founf to be non-hazardous. PHOTO: Cambs Fire Service

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Fire crews have left the scene of a chemical spillage that closed the A14 today. The road has re-opened.

Among those who were late for work today was popular BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Paul Stainton. he tweeted and sent videos to his Facebook page whilst trapped in traffic on the A14. Among those who were late for work today was popular BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Paul Stainton. he tweeted and sent videos to his Facebook page whilst trapped in traffic on the A14.

Hundreds of motorists were held up for several hours after the spillage on the A14 at St Ives.

A fire service spokesman said; “We thank the travelling public for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience.” The spillage was found to be non-hazardous.

More than 20 firefighters, including crews from Cambridge, St Neots, Huntingdon and Papworth, along with the water carrier from Ramsey and a hazardous materials unit attended the incident.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a specialist kit provided by the Environment Agency to cover the drainage in the immediate area to ensure there was no contamination of water.

The crews took a sample of the chemical and tested it at the scene and found it to be non-hazardous.

The A14 was closed westbound during the incident as a precaution while the incident was ongoing.

The crews returned to their stations by 12.20pm

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