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Chemical incident at commercial truck washing company kills two workers in US

14 September 2021

Two employees of a commercial truck washing company were found dead after they were exposed to an unknown chemical, police have said. The incident happened while the workers were cleaning the inside of a tanker in Avondale, around 19 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Avondale firefighters said the workers, who were employed at Danny’s Truck Wash where the incident occurred, were likely exposed to residual chemicals that were still inside an empty tank that they had been assigned to cleaning.

Local police said that one work had entered the tank and collapsed, falling unconscious shortly afterwards. The second worker then entered the tank to assist his colleague, however he also fell unconscious. Both men, whose identities were not released, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A Hazmat team was called to the site and extracted the two bodies while wearing full protective equipment.

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