UPDATE ( 4/25/18 at 5:19 P.M.) – Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard said that one of the two employees transported from PETTA Enterprises is still under medical care.
The Sheriff’s Deputy who drove himself to the hospital is back on duty.
ORIGINAL: Two workers at PETTA Enterprises in Dallas Pike and a nearby Sheriff’s Deputy were taken to the hospital after a hazardous materials incident.
According to Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo, a worker was cleaning out a tank on site when they experienced blowback from a well site in Belmont County, made up of sand and residual chemicals.
When the worker was inside of the tank cleaning, there was reportedly a pocket of vapor or some sort of gas that the worker was then exposed to.
Officials initially received a call from the site for reports of a heart attack. When it was determined that the incident involved hazardous materials, area fire departments responded.
Valley Grove and Triadelphia Fire Departments responded and assessed the area for other hazardous materials, trying to identify what was in the blowback from the well site.
One worker and one Sheriff’s Deputy that was in the area were taken to the hospital for observation due to exposure.
The other worker is being treated at the hospital, but his conditions are unknown at this time.
According to Valley Grove Fire Chief Scott Himrod, the scene is maintained. The tank has been resealed, and PETTA Enterprises has followed their company procedures.
Vargo says there is no threat to the surrounding area or any of the other workers at the site.
The site is located near the old truck stop in the Dallas Pike/Valley Grove area along I-70.