Family calls for compensation after freeway acid spill damages car

Family calls for compensation after freeway acid spill damages car

ATTADALE resident Martin Meader believes the company responsible for the hazardous chemical spill that brought Kwinana Freeway to a grinding halt in March should pay for the damage it has caused his son’s car.

Charlie-Moon Meader’s Holden station wagon was less than six-months old when he drove through sulphuric acid leaked from another vehicle between Mill Point Road and South Terrace on March 20.

Mr Meader said his son had only recently noticed yellow spotting on the front grill and side mirrors of the car, as well as what looks like corrosion to the front hub caps.

“We’ve had a couple of people come out to try and clean off the spots but they’ve both said it can’t be done because it’s actual damage to the paint work.

“The only option is to re-spray the car, which will cost between $500 and $1000, and to replace the front hub caps.

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“We also can’t see what’s happening underneath the vehicle but we know sulphuric acid is extremely corrosive so there might be further damage there.”

Mr Meader said he had contacted Main Roads WA and was informed there was an open file on the incident but that he would need to claim through his own insurance.

“We want to fight that – if we go through our own insurance we’ll have to pay the excess which is about $800,” he said.

“We don’t know who is responsible yet but we plan on going through their insurance company because that’s the way it should happen.”

Main Roads WA confirmed an estimated 1000 litres of sulphuric acid was spilled on Kwinana Freeway but said it could not release the name of the company responsible because its investigation was ongoing.

A spokeswoman said Main Roads had been contacted by 72 people in relation to the incident.

“Of these, 39 were directly related to a claim enquiry,” she said.

“Main Roads facilitated contact between customers, the trucking company and their insurance broker.”

“At the time of the incident motorists were advised by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ public information warnings, with advice from ChemCentre, to wash down their vehicles.”