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Overturned trailer spills sticky mess

Friday, 26th October, 2018

Molasses pours into the gutter after an accident in Iodide Street. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Molasses pours into the gutter after an accident in Iodide Street. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A 1000 litre-tank of molasses burst when a trailer overturned about noon yesterday, spraying a nearby worker and pouring the sweet, sticky substance into the street.

The driver of a black Nissan Navara lost control of his load when turning right into Iodide from Williams Street.

He was carrying two 1000-litre plastic tanks of molasses which was destined to feed sheep and cattle. Molasses is one of the cheapest sources of energy for the animals, but it requires protein to make it more nutritionally balanced.

One tank remained intact, but the other cracked open like an egg and sprayed the footpath, a skip bin and spattered a contractor fixing a nearby fence.

Three men were at the site working on property belonging to the University of Sydney.

“We all had our back to it, and we heard the tyres squealing and then bang,” one of the workers said.

They initially thought a nearby work car had been hit, but the trailer pulled up a few metres in front of it.

“He wasn’t going that fast, the load shifted ... that’s what I say has happened,” said another worker, who was closest to the impact.

“I was in line with the spray ... I only got a couple of dobs on me, but that’s alright.

“It was a big bang, but it was more of a slide than anything.”

The tank just about emptied into the gutter.

Firefighters built a small wall of crackerdust in the gutter to stop the big brown trail about halfway down the block.

Police diverted traffic around the accident site for about half an hour while a tow truck righted the trailer.

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