A train, carrying diesel fuel, collided with a truck that was hauling hydrochloric acid in Washington County. Nearby residents were told to evacuate their premises due to the extreme risks. Several people who were near the crash site experienced headaches and nausea.
Officials reported that the truck carrying the acid made a left turn off Route 88 directly into the train’s path. The truck was pushed 100 yards down the train track before it came to a stop. The truck was carrying one to two thousand gallons of hydrochloric acid.
The driver of the truck was taken by medical helicopter to a nearby Pittsburgh hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. Two people on the train were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Eight other people were treated at the scene of the accident for exposure to the hazardous chemicals.
Nearby residents and businesses were asked to evacuate until the conditions were safer. Several people complained of headaches and nausea due to exposure to chemicals.
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