Cleaning Solution Blamed:
One dead in Orleans, Yates tragedy
Chase Johnson, 35, was treated at the scene, sheriff’s investigators said. He was then flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital about 11:45 a.m.
Keegan Bayne, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Their places of residence were not immediately available.
It was learned the two men had been cleaning inside the tanker that was used to haul the product “Lignin”. Lignin is described as a complex polymer used in some forms of industrial production.
Assisting at the scene was the, Lyndonville Fire Department, Medina Fire Department, Orleans County EMO, Genesee County EMO, Hazmat, Niagara County Technical Rescue Team, State Fire, Mercy Flight, NYSP, NYS DEC and the, Orleans County Coroner’s Office.
The incident remains under investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.