Redress sought for acid damage
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.