Man Trapped Inside Chemical Tank In New Castle, Authorities Release Rescue Details


Hollaway Terrace – This afternoon, at approximately 5:20, New Castle County Paramedics and personnel from the Holloway Terrace, Minquadale, Wilmington Manor, Goodwill, Christiana, Brandywine Hundred and Wilmington Fire Companies, along with the New Castle County High Angle Rescue and HAZMAT Teams and Office of Emergency Management personnel were dispatched to the 500 block of Lambson Lane, for a confined space rescue, according to Paramedic Senior Corporal David J. McKinney, Jr.

McKinney said arriving County Paramedics found one worker who was trapped inside of a chemical tanker. The worker was inside of the tank when he became dizzy and attempted to extricate himself. It is reported that while doing so, the patient fell into the tanker and became unable to remove himself, prompting the 911 call. The patient was extricated from the tanker using a harness and pulley system rigged by the on scene fire department and specialized rescue personnel in approximately 30 minutes.

The patient, a 38-year-old male, was evaluated on scene for a possible heat emergency along with neck and back pain. The patient was transported to the Emergency Department at Christiana Hospital on board an ambulance from the Holloway Terrace Fire Company with New Castle County Paramedics accompanying. The patient was stable at the time of transport.

The Delaware State Police and multiple other agencies were on scene and are investigating the incident.

Breaking Report

Hollaway Terrace – Rescue crews from across New Castle County, along with HAZMAT teams and Delaware State Police are responding to the 500 block of Lambson Lane for reports of a subject trapped in a chemical tank.

Early reports indicate that the subject may be trapped inside a tanker trailer.

Update: 5:44 First rescuer entering the tank.

Update: 5:46 Patient has been located.

Update: 6:00 Radio traffic muffled due to protective suits worn by rescue crews. It’s believed that the patient has been removed from the tank.

Update: 6:08 – Patient was inside a tanker trailer filled with what is believed to be wax for over 30 minutes, according to reports. Crews have alerted the trauma center that the patient will need to be decontaminated.

The patient is being transported by Holloway Terrace Ambulance (A-20) with New Castle County Paramedics on board.



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