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Injuries reported in dangerous chemical leak in New Memphis, Illinois

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV)-- Emergency crews worked overnight to stop a dangerous chemical leak in New Memphis, Illinois. The leak has been contained but the chemical is still in the atmosphere.

Authorities say an anhydrous ammonia leak started just after midnight at Route 177-160 in New Memphis. Residents in the area report some sort of cloud forming over the town from the leak.

20 families in the area have been told to stay inside and turn off their air conditioners.

Two emergency responders were injured while on the scene of this incident. They were treated and are expected to survive.

 No word on what caused this leak at this time. Two tanks were being towed by a tractor trailer, one tank had the leak. The tractor driver noticed the leak and called emergency crews.

Stay with News 4 and KMOV.com as we continue to gather more information. 

 

 

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