Re­dress sought for acid dam­age

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Josh Zim­mer­man

ATTADALE res­i­dent Martin Meader be­lieves the per­son or 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 in South Perth on March 20.

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

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

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

“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 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. A spokes­woman said the agency had been con­tacted by 72 peo­ple re­lat­ing to the in­ci­dent.

“Of these, 39 were di­rectly re­lated to a claim in­quiry,” she said. “Main Roads fa­cil­i­tated con­tact be­tween cus­tomers, the truck­ing com­pany and their in­sur­ance bro­ker. At the time of the in­ci­dent mo­torists were ad­vised to wash down their ve­hi­cles.”

Martin Meader with his son’s car, which has paint­work dam­age af­ter it drove through acid spilt on the Kwinana Free­way last month.

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