Suspected suicide has HAZMAT team en route


The Mercury

WEST WHITELAND >> Chester County hazmat crews were called to Roscioli Park Wednesday when a resident walking in the park found a possible suicide with the car running and a hose attached to an unknown tank.

Police Detective Scott Pezick said responding police officers, not knowing the kind of gas that was in the vehicle, requested the hazmat crews and the fire department.

The incident, which was reported at 1 p.m. and brought two trucks from both the hazmat team and West Whiteland Fire Company as well as an ambulance from Uwchlan.

Police and fire departments nationally have seen a number of chemical suicides in the past few years in which household chemicals are mixed to release noxious gases which kills the person. The gases can remain active and when the car is opened it endangers officers and emergency medical crews.

Hazmat teams wearing air packs used air sensors to determine the gas was not hazardous. Crews cleared the scene by 2 p.m.

Pezick said the incident was not considered suspicious and relatives of the individual were being notified.

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