UPDATE 7/3/13 @ 11:45 p.m.
TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Neighbors in Teays Valley were given quite the shock Wednesday afternoon when a truck rolled backwards crashing into someone’s home.
The truck was carrying the liquid chemical Mineral Spirit, which is used to clean grease from cars.
It happened at about 4 p.m. off the 3700 block of Route 34. Deputies, fire and hazmat crews were on the scene for more than four hours trying to contain the chemicals.
Neighbors tell WSAZ.com the scene was unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
John Gill lives beside the home of the crash and said he was concerned for his neighbors when he saw the truck.
“It'll scare you to death to think that anybody was hurt,” Gill said.
The truck driver had stopped in front of the home to make a delivery to an automotive shop nearby.
Gill owns the automotive shop where the delivery truck was going and said he was surprised by the emergency response.
“I work with those chemicals all the time; they're not dangerous and not flammable,” Gill said.
Teays Valley Fire Chief John Smoot said because of the nature of the crash, the situation had to be treated delicately.
“In [the chemical’s] normal atmosphere it's not that big of a deal but when you release it into the atmosphere, when you put it into a residence, in a confined space you don't know how it's going to react,” Smoot said.
Smoot said no one was hurt in Wednesday’s incident and said it’s unclear why the truck rolled back.
Environmental specialists are expected to visit the scene Thursday to ensure no damage has been done to the ground and surrounding areas.
It happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 3700 block of Route 34 in Teays Valley.
Deputies tell WSAZ.com the driver was out of the truck when the brake released and it rolled into the home.
They say the truck is carrying a flammable automotive cleaning fluid and they are concerned it is leaking into the home.
We have a crew at the scene.
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