AN INQUIRY has been launched after a lorry containing drums of citric acid came off the road.
The accident happened on Dunkirk Lane, near Capenhurst, at 11.30am on Thursday.
It was feared some of the acid might have spilled on to the road, but this has yet to be confirmed.
The lorry, which had come from the BNFL site in Capenhurst, was transporting containers to another of the company's sites at Springfields, Preston.
A BNFL spokesman said: 'The vehicle unfortunately came off the road and ended up on the grass verge.
'It's a fairly narrow lane from Capenhurst. We were using this route because we were diverted from another route by some roadworks.
'Afterwards, a small amount of liquid was found but we don't yet know if it's come from the containers. It could be condensation. It's only about half a cupful.'
He added: 'We sent a team down and everything was fine. No-one was hurt, which is the main thing.
'The drums contained citric acid used in decontamination. This substance is very slightly acidic.'
Ellesmere Port firefighters attended but were not required and remained on the scene as a precaution only.