Trucker Dies From Exposure to Hazardous Fumes After Rollover Crash
Falls County, TX — A tanker driver was killed after being exposed to toxic hazardous fumes following a crash last week in Texas.
The one-vehicle rollover accident was reported on Friday just before 1 p.m.
According to the Falls County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), the trucker died from exposure to anhydrous ammonia.
In addition, an official from FCSO was also exposed to the anhydrous ammonia, but is in stable condition after being immediately transported to a nearby hospital.
No additional details were given regarding the cause of the one-vehicle accident.
However, a photo from the scene reveals an 18-wheeler upside down in ditch near the intersection of County Roads 139 and 1240.
Responding officials quickly evacuated homes in the area and closed off access to the area.
Late Friday, FCSO urged residents to continue to avoid the area.
“The roads are CLOSED on both ends. Do not go around barricades, including the county roads that are blocked,” FCSO posted to social media.
“Hazmat in the area is very deadly,” FCSO continued. “If you live in the area, keep in mind, there is nothing left behind that is worth losing your life.”
According to local outlet KWTX, specialized crews were working Sunday night to pump ammonia out of the tanker trailer before having the vehicle towed from the scene.
Portions of the road remained closed, but most Falls County residents have been allowed to return to their homes, KWTX reported.
The name of the deceased driver has not been released as of publishing.