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Crest Hill Elementary School

Officials learned that Crest Hill Elementary School had asbestos over OSHA requirements after a car struck the building last week. 

Courtesy Natrona County School District

Asbestos at Crest Hill Elementary was revealed when an SUV crashed into the school last week, officials said.

The vehicle crashed into an outer wall of a classroom at the school. Natrona County School District officials and first responders sealed the room, and it has not been used or entered by staff or students since the March 2 crash. Subsequent testing from a district-hired lab revealed “a percentage of asbestos slightly over the ‘trace amount’ of the 1% level by OSHA requirements,” according to a district press release.

The district will begin a cleanup under Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. That process will be completed over spring break.

Officials contacted the Department of Health, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and an asbestos consultant. Those “experts and agencies” found that the “risk of potential exposure is minimal and unquantifiable,” according to the release.

The hallway near the sealed classroom was tested and revealed no risk factors earlier this week.

The driver of the SUV that hit Crest Hill may have been affected by a medical issue before the crash, officials said last week.

The school district removed asbestos from floor tiles in Midwest School last year when the building was closed due to a gas leak. District officials said they had planned to remove the tiles previously, but the school’s closure postponed it. A pipe burst in December 2016, and the asbestos was removed before the school reopened in fall 2017.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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