Questions remain on chemical spill incident that killed man near Los Banos

Questions remain about the circumstances surrounding a hazardous materials spill reported Thursday outside of Los Banos — an incident that left one man dead and injured at least one other person.

Thus far, investigators have been tight lipped about the case, and they haven’t said what chemicals might have been involved.

Daryl Allen, spokesperson for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday said his department is still working to determine the cause of death for the man, whose identity has not been released.

Because the case deals with hazardous materials, Allen said special safety precautions must be followed before an autopsy can be performed, in order to protect the coroner and other personnel.

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