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Chemical odor at Metro East packing facility sends workers to hospital

PONTOON BEACH, Il (KMOV.com) -- Three employees at the Menasha Plant in Pontoon Beach, Illinois were taken to the hospital after a chemical odor burned their eyes and throats.

“Once they opened up the back of the truck, the odor was really strong,” said Assistant Police Chief Chris Modrusic. An ambulance was called to the facility after workers began to complain about burning eyes and throats.

The Madison County hazardous materials team determined workers were exposed to a corrosive material contained in a tractor trailer. Five of the eight workers who complained of illness refused treatment, but first responders were not going to take any chances.

“We take it very seriously because [it may be] some type of chemical spill or something that might affect the employees,” Modrusic said. “We want to make sure that we do the right evacuations.”

An all clear was given a few hours later. First responders initially thought the odor came from a roll of laminate or a leak from the tractor trailer.

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