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Responding to a medical aid call yesterday, Menlo Park Fire District personnel found a 41-year-old male next to a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery vehicle. He identified himself as the driver and stated that he believed that he had been exposed to some type of chemical spill inside the back of the vehicle.

The UPS driver was transported by ambulance to the hospital with a primary complaint of respiratory difficulties, while firefighters and police officers cleared the immediate area. Battalion Chief Chris Pimentel requested a full-scale hazardous materials response bringing in specially trained San Mateo/Belmont fFirefighters, expert in hazardous material identification and response.

Representatives from UPS arrived on-scene and identified the suspected product as Benzonitril from a material safety data sheet located in the cab of the delivery van. The product, also known as Atheno Cyanide, is described as a highly toxic solid compound.

Employees at lLocal businesses in close proximity to the UPS delivery truck were advised to shelter in place by firefighters while Menlo Park police officers blocked off Bohannon Drive and redirected traffic around the incident.

The County Hazardous Materials Team arrived on-scene and determined that the spill was completely contained to the vehicle. Battalion Chief Pimentel decided to downgrade the incident, releasing many of the units, lifting the shelter in place, and allowing UPS’s to use its own private contractor, NRCC, to properly identify and mitigate the spilled product.

When the NRCC Clean-Up Team arrived on-scene, they made entry into the delivery vehicle in fully protected self-contained exposure suits. Then they videotaped the inside of the delivery vehicle. On inspection of the video tape, it showed that a different package containing one gallon of Ethanol was responsible for the actual leak.

Over half of the container was empty leaking out onto multiple packages, but fortunately not onto the Benzonitril package. With firefighters standing by in decontamination gear and wearing self-contained breathing apparatus, the NRCC Entry Team recovered the leaking Ethanol package placing it in a 55 gallon containment cylinder along with other contaminated packages. They then recovered the non-damaged Benzonitril package.

Photo courtesy of Menlo Fire

 

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Peninsula Bikeway launch event proves fun for everyone

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The Peninsula Bikeway was officially launched last Saturday at Burgess Park in Menlo Park. Once completed, the  Bikeway will make biking a viable option for most trips between the cities of Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto, and Mountain View. About 50 people turned out for the event which featured the chance to test ride a variety […]

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Ride the interim Peninsula Bikeway on Saturday, Sept.8

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This is a kick-off event for the Peninsula Bikeway — an effort by the cities of Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City. It will take place at Burgess Park on Sept.8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Communities on the Peninsula suffer from crippling congestion and associated air quality, safety and health […]

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When is a kid ready to bike to school alone (or with friends)?

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With summer camps wrapping up and the start of school looming around the corner, many parents are starting to think about how their kids will get to school. Parents for Safe Routes just finished our Back to School Newsletter, and in it we have a readiness checklist to help parents evaluate when a child is ready […]

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Last tanks from Jacque Littlefield’s collection are readied for cross country journey

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A strange and startling sight is currently ensconced in an asphalt area at the junction of Sand Hill Road and Whiskey Hill Road in Woodside, causing passing drivers to do a double take. The last of the late Jacque Littlefield’s tank collection is being readied for a journey to the Collings Foundation in Massachusetts. An […]

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Parking improvements underway in downtown Menlo Park

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Parking improvements are now underway in downtown Menlo Park, including upgraded parking meters, restriping of lots and accessible ramp additions. The first round of parking meter upgrades has already started. Plaza 1 now has four parking meters, including three upgraded parking meters. Plaza 5 has two parking meters, including one upgraded meter. The upgraded parking […]

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Oak Grove bike route – Yea or Nay? – take the survey

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The Oak Grove Bike Route, which was installed on a trial basis last year, is currently being evaluated by the city of Menlo Park. The route was specifically designed to help students biking to Hillview and M-A get across El Camino safely and provides dedicated bike lanes along Oak Grove and University Avenue. The city […]

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Spotted: the Callahans handing out goodies on Bike to Work Day 2018

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Bernadette (far left) and Casey (holding bag) Callahan were at the San Mateo Dr. Bike Bridge on the Menlo Park side where they’ve been stationed every year for well over a decade on Bike to Work Day. Business was brisk, and they’d run out of everything except tote bags as the event wrapped up this […]

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Bike to Work Day takes place on May 10

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On Thursday, May 10, 2018 thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 24th Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. Menlo Park will host five Energizer Stations to give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and […]

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Hillview Middle Schools hosts 2nd annual Bike Rodeo

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The 2nd annual 6th Grade Bike Rodeo took place over two days last week at Hillview Middle School. It was led by the Menlo Park Police Department with input from Danielle O’Brien, Hillview assistant principal, as well as Parents for Safe Routes. Parent volunteers and members of the community helped staff the event. Commented InMenlo […]

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Bike Education Adventure debuts last weekend in Menlo Park

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Did you see a group of 4th and 5th graders wearing bright orange and green shirts riding around Menlo Park last Saturday morning? If so, you witnessed Menlo Park’s inaugural Bike Education Adventure. Ten lucky elementary school children were given the opportunity to ride around town with Wheel Kids bike instructors to learn real-life-on-the-road bike […]

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