TIME: 31 Hospitalized Following Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Outside Chicago


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31 Hospitalized Following Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Outside Chicago http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/time/topstories/~3/JbG1D58tg08/ Apr 25th 2019, 14:44
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(BEACH PARK, Ill.) — Authorities say 31 people have been taken to hospitals after anhydrous ammonia leaked from containers that a tractor was pulling in a Chicago suburb. Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Christopher Covelli said Thursday that the number of hospitalized includes three law enforcement officers who are in good condition. Covelli says several others are in serious but stable condition.

Beach Park Incident: Thus far, 31 transports to hospitals due to inhalation issues. At this point, all transports are non-life-threatening. #BeachParkIncident — Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) April 25, 2019
Authorities say the leak happened at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and causing toxic plumes of the chemical to be released in the air over Beach Park, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of downtown Chicago. Authorities initially asked any residents within a 1-mile radius of the leak to close their windows and remain indoors. Covelli says that shelter-in-place order has been lifted.

Beach Park Incident: Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel are beginning a door-by-door check of residents in the immediate area, checking to ensure those closest to the scene are safe. #BeachParkIncident pic.twitter.com/NtT2FdJJqX — Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) April 25, 2019

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