RODEO -- A delivery driver was taken to a hospital after a hazardous chemical spilled in the back of his truck Monday afternoon, officials said.
The incident was reported around 12:18 p.m. at the entrance to the Philips 66 Refinery at 1380 San Pablo Avenue, according to a statement from Contra Costa Fire. Arriving city and county firefighters found the man already being assisted by Philips 66 fire crews after about five gallons of peroxyacetic acid spilled inside the truck.
Peroxyacetic acid is most commonly used as a disinfectant and sanitizer. Temporary exposure can be corrosive to the skin, eyes or respiratory tract, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Firefighters evacuated the immediate area around the truck and treated the man before transporting him to Kaiser Richmond Hospital, where he was treated and released. A hazardous materials response team identified the product and cleaned it up without further incident or injury.