Crews use peanut oil to rescue worker trapped in tar tank

The 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank when his legs got stuck


The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar.

The Florida Times-Union reports the 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville.

The man was fine inside the tank as long as he was moving around. But Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Tom Francis says the worker's movements slowed and his lower legs got stuck in the tar.

Rescue crews used peanut oil to loosen the tar from his legs. The man was hooked up to a breathing apparatus to protect him from the heat and fumes inside the tank.

The worker's name has not been released. Francis says he was never in life-threatening condition.

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