Man rescued from inside tractor trailer tank near New Castle

Members of the Holloway Terrace Fire Department rescue a man from a tractor trailer chemical tanker Monday at the Port of Wilmington Tank Wash. John J. Jankowski Jr., Jerry Habraken / The News Journal, The News Journal

A man was pulled from a chemical tanker at the Port of Wilmington Tank Wash early Monday night by firefighters and emergency responders. The Holloway Terrace Fire Department, assisted by about a dozen other units in the area, was called at 5:23 p.m. to the 500 block of Lambson Lane near New Castle for reports of a person collapsed inside a tank, said Mark Willis, chief of the Holloway Terrace Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, they found the man unconscious inside a tractor trailer tank that he had been cleaning, Willis said. New Castle County paramedics said the man reported becoming dizzy and tried to remove himself from the tanker, but ultimately fell and collapsed inside. The substance he was cleaning was described on the side of the tank as some sort of wax food additive that “posed no inhalation hazard,” Willis said, but firefighters monitored the conditions on the inside of the truck for any toxic chemicals. They believe the man’s collapse to be heat-related, Willis said.


The man was pulled from the tank with a harness and pulley system and became semi-conscious upon removal, Willis said. He was then taken to the hospital for further evaluation of his reported neck and back pain, as well as the heat-related emergency, according to paramedics. The patient was reported to be stable, paramedics said.

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