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Dog Walker Alerts Neighbors To Evacuate After Chemical Truck Rollover In Walla Walla

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People in a Walla Walla neighborhood were forced out of their homes Monday morning as emergency crews dealt with a delicate situation. People in a Walla Walla neighborhood were forced out of their homes Monday morning as emergency crews dealt with a delicate situation.

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The Washington State Patrol released new information Tuesday about the tanker truck rollover accident in Walla Walla Monday morning that lead to the evacuation of a neighborhood. 

Troopers say 27-year-old Noe Curiel of Pasco was driving the truck on Myra Road just north of Rose Street when he went off the road to the right, and overcorrected rolling the truck and trailer. 

The tanker was carrying anhydrous ammonia, but nothing spilled. 

Curiel was driven to St. Mary Medical Center with minor injuries.

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WALLA WALLA, WA - People in a Walla Walla neighborhood were forced out of their homes Monday morning as emergency crews dealt with a delicate situation.


A semi-truck carrying a full load of "anhydrous ammonia" toppled on its side. With Myra Road closed from Pine to Rose Streets, workers spent the day carefully extracting the chemicals from the truck.

"There's not a whole lot of people out running around in the morning about 5:30 or so when we're out. I take my dog down to the bridge and walk it," said Bobby Jones who lives only hundreds of feet away.

A loud “boom” sound instantly disrupted Jones' early morning walk Monday.  He's seen similar situations like the truck. The man used to work in packing plants that experienced leaks of the same chemical.

"They don't want that gas to get out," he told us. "Well I imagine it could burn your lungs....burn your lungs or kill ya."

Emergency crews described it as patient yet careful work. If any of the chemicals accidentally got on their clothes, their hands or they breathed it in it could have been painful, dangerous and harmful.

"Because there was no leak that helped. That was very beneficial. So we just wanted to evacuate the immediate area in case something did happen," said Captain Steve Sickles of the Walla Walla Fire Department.

Bobby Jones became a regular Paul Revere Monday. He went door to door in his neighborhood of mostly elderly and retired residents. Along with police, he made sure everyone knew what was going on.

"See! Look they're all gone. Their cars are all gone," he said pointing to the empty streets.

A HAZMAT team from the fire department stood by as the truck was slowly emptied. Fire crews were just feet away. They even had an ambulance with a stretcher at the ready just in case.

"As long an nobody got hurt it's something to talk about now," said Jones.

He even checked which way the wind was blowing just in case he needed to get away from a forming cloud of chemicals in a hurry.

The only injuries in this incident were minor ones suffered by the driver of the truck, but he did not need medical treatment. The neighborhood was cleared and around 5 p.m. residents finally could return to their homes. 
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