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Commuters waiting for rail replacement buses this afternoon suffered more chaos when the buses collided.
Buses had been called to Newport station after the Werribee line was suspended between Newport and Laverton because of overhead power equipment failures. But the delays were compounded when one of the buses tried to squeeze past the other and collided, witness Jay Kingcott said.
Kingcott He said that the road at the station was narrow and when the second bus tried to squeeze past, it became stuck on the door of the other bus. The door was ripped, several windows were smashed and the cover was pulled off a tyre.
Mr Kingcott said two more replacement buses arrived, but with about 100 people waiting to board, it did not appear to be enough. He said he had been waiting about 90 minutes to leave Newport and go home to Werribee.
Earlier. a busy exit ramp on one of Melbourne's major arterial roads reopened following a chemical spill this morning. The Kings Way exit ramp on the West Gate Freeway closed after a crash just after 8.20 am - and was reopened about 3 pm.
The Lorimer and Montague street exit ramps from the Bolte Bridge have also reopened. One of the damaged buses at Newport station.
A tray-truck carrying a trailer with an 8000-litre tank of potassium hydroxide collided with the back of a vehicle, forcing the closure of the road. VicRoads has advised that traffic remains heavy from Todd Road on the West Gate Freeway and from Dynon Road on the Tullamarine Freeway.
No one was seriously injured in the crash, however the spill took hours to clean up. Potassium hydroxide is used in the manufacture of most soft and liquid soaps.
It is a corrosive chemical, and although it is not highly flammable, authorities fear it could damage the road surface.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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