By Rowan Forster
Traffic outbound on the Princes Highway was brought to an abrupt halt during peak-hour after a truck spilled hazardous chemicals outside Hungry Jacks and BP in Pakenham.
More than 20 firefighters were on scene – some wearing hazmat suits – to clean up the corrosive acid and clear the way for commuters.
Motorists were forced to detour via McGregor Road or The Avenue to continue towards Warragul.
The spillage reportedly occurred shortly before 5.30pm.
While most of the chemicals have been removed, minor delays are expected to remain until approximately 8pm.