Fire official: Antifreeze, chlorine in garbage truck sent workers to hospital

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10:45 A.M. UPDATE:

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Fire Department says it was a combination of chlorine and antifreeze that prompted a large response from emergency officials on Thursday.

The department’s deputy fire chief tells 12 News it appears the chemicals became mixed in the garbage truck. Fire officials say the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating if the chemicals were thrown away from the same household.

Authorities say workers on the truck noticed a burning smell and opened the back. That’s when they were hit with the intense odors.

All four workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution, officials say.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department and Binghamton Fire Department responded Thursday morning to reports of a strong chemical odor in the area of Floral Avenue and West End Avenue in Binghamton.

Floral Ave. is closed between West End Ave. and Grand Blvd.

According to police, there was a chemical reaction in a garbage truck which prompted the call around 8:45 a.m.

Officials wearing hazmat suits sifted through the trash in an attempt to extract the chemical substance.

It’s not yet known which chemicals caused the smell.

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) tells 12 News they helped to clean a substance off of someone who had been working on the truck.

Floral Avenue from West End Avenue to Grand Boulevard was closed to traffic while crews worked at the scene.

Nicky Hickling

Nicky Hickling

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