The Lubbock Fire Rescue team is on the scene at the City of Lubbock Fleet Services where a city sanitation operator has suffered chemical exposure.
Officials say the operator was exposed when he accessed the hopper area of a trash truck in attempt to correct a mechanical problem.
The Hazmat team discovered pesticides and herbicides in the hopper area of the sanitation truck. The material has been removed and the sanitation truck sent to the landfill to empty the hopper and further decontaminate the truck.
LFR representatives tell us the chemicals were disposed of illegally and there is an investigation in progress to determine who disposed of them and where the chemicals came from. They say there will be citations issued once the responsible parties are located.
The operator was transported to Covenant Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials say the building was evacuated as a precaution and the area cordoned off.
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