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Lorry driver denies charges over chemical spill

Incident closed road for 10 hours in August last year

A Douglas lorry driver’s appeared in court over a chemical spill which sparked a huge emergency services operation and shut a road in Tromode for ten hours.

Sixty-four-year-old Neville Marshall of Conister Road appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

He denies driving a dangerously-loaded heavy goods vehicle on 12 August last year.

Prosecution advocate James Robinson told the hearing Marshall had driven a Scania truck loaded with potentially hazardous chemicals from Ballafletcher Farm.

The court heard the wagon had six containers carrying 1,000 litres of chemicals, including caustic soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Mr Robinson said the load hadn’t been tied down, and three containers fell from the truck as it turned right.

All three were damaged, and one cracked, leaked its contents.

Magistrates granted bail in the sum of £500, and Mr Marshall is next due to appear on 13 April for a pre-trial review hearing.

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