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UPDATE: Sanitation Workers Nauseated by Chemical Mix

By: Brad Myers, WSAZ Staff Email
By: Brad Myers, WSAZ Staff Email

UPDATE 7/9/14 @ 5:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two sanitation workers who were collecting trash became overwhelmed by fumes from simple household cleaning products that got mixed together in the trash.

"The Huntington Fire Department did investigate the back of the truck and found it was a small mixture of bleach and ammonia," Huntington Director of Communications Bryan Chambers said. "That's what caused the white cloud to emit from the back of the truck."

Emergency workers treated the two victims who were feeling nauseated. Both men are now OK. Officials say what happened to these two guys could easily happen to you or a family member if you're not careful.

"It's something that can occur if residents do not properly dispose of these types of chemicals," Chambers said.

City officials are now asking residents to be mindful of what they throw away, especially when it comes to chemicals and combustible materials.

"We ask that they do not dispose of it in their garbage," Chambers said, "but if they absolutely have to, {use} heavy dilutions of water. If you have empty bottles, rinse them out to make sure there's no remaining liquid in there."

Whatever the case, it was a scary situation for two workers who are lucky not to end up in the hospital.

"It could have ended up being very serious in nature had there been more material there to mix together," Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham said.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/9/14 @ 12:45 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews rushed to a Huntington neighborhood Wednesday where two sanitation workers passed out after inhaling smoke and fumes from a trash bag.

Dispatchers told wsaz.com that the incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. around Holswade Drive and Wiltshire Boulevard.

The dispatchers said the incident did not appear to be drug-related and may have involved a combination of ammonia, bleach and household trash.

Keep checking wsaz.com for updates.


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