Safety & Accident

Texas City's Fleet Facility Evacuated After Chemical Exposure

May 21, 2014

The City of Lubbock, Texas, fleet facility was evacuated on Monday after a sanitation worker suffered chemical exposure from a trash truck.

According to the Lubbock Fire Department, a city sanitation worker accessed the hopper area of the trash truck to correct a mechanical problem while parked at the fleet building. The hopper contained pesticides and herbicides. The sanitation worker experienced symptoms of chemical exposure and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

EverythingLubbock.com reported that the truck operator complained of itchy skin and trouble breathing.

The Fire Department’s Hazmat team evacuated the building as a precaution and cordoned off the area.

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