LUCAS, Texas - Two men were found dead in a van in Collin County from an apparent chemical exposure.
Residents in the city of Lucas reported a lawn service cargo van around 4 p.m. Wednesday. The responding Collin County sheriff’s deputy opened the door to the van and discovered the bodies before he was overcome with fumes. He started experiencing shortness of breath and hazmat was called in.
“Our deputies encounter a lot of different dangers in the course of their dangers. This is just not one that you’d expect,” said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner. “When you come to work, the last thing you think’s gonna happen to you is you’re gonna be overcome with chemicals, the cause of death of two other individuals.”
The deputy was taken to the hospital as a precaution but is expected to be ok.
The sheriff says the assumption is the men in the van died from some sort of chemical exposure. The official cause of death is under investigation