Police Investigate Chemical Spill in Odessa, May Endanger Locals

A driver for SwiftWater Energy Services in Midland, Texas was cited for failing to control speed, a minor form of reckless driving, after a trailer he was hauling tipped over, spilled a hazardous chemical onto the highway, and he left the scene. Authorities say the accident happened in Odessa in May 2016 along Highway 191 towards the eastern end of town. It is not known if the driver left the scene due to criminal intent or simply had not realized his trailer had tipped and caused the chemical spill.

While the aftermath for the driver could mean a criminal citation, the real trouble resulting from this accident may still be on the horizon. Ector County Environmental Enforcement was quickly on the scene to clean up the chemical. One official from the enforcement group stated that the spill was dangerous and may have possibly leaked into storm water runoff.

The chemical was identified as Bellacide 300, a strong pesticide that is often used at oilfield and refineries for different purposes. Direct exposure to the caustic substance could cause a reaction ranging from mild irritation to serious injury. Bellacide 300 has also been linked to permanent eye damage, according to an Environmental Protection Agency description of the chemical.

Ector County or the city of Odessa are expected to seek legal action against SwiftWater, rather than the driver for any damages that could still result from the spill. If you live in Odessa and have recently experienced abnormal or unexplained illnesses, the chemical incident could be to blame. Contact Herring Law Firm, tell our Odessa personal injury lawyers what happened during a free legal evaluation, and we can tell you if you have the grounds for a lawsuit against SwiftWater as well.

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