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Hazmat team responds to body in semi in grocery store parking lot


Authorities in Arkansas responded to a deceased driver in a semi truck in a grocery store parking lot.

On Monday, November 20, a body was found inside a parked truck at a Harp’s grocery store in Mansfield, Arkansas.

The driver’s company had requested a welfare check and told authorities that the driver “had recently been out of the country, and possibly had an illness.”

A hazmat team was deployed in response as a precaution.

Local outlet 40/29TV reports that the driver had likely been in the parked truck on the lot since Friday.

Travis Cooper, Sebastian County Emergency Management officer, reported that the truck driver stopped at a hospital in Oklahoma for treatment of a possible illness. Cooper says that the truck driver was in Mansfield to pick up a load of lumber but never arrived at the facility.

“We don’t know what there may be within this individual, of what he came in contact with, but we just want to take those precautionary actions,” Cooper said.

The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released.

The cause of death has not been determined at this time.

The incident is under investigation.


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