Dangerous Chemical Spill In Kansas Leaves Several People Sick

Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC || 24-Oct-2016

A chemical spill at a distilling plant in Kansas caused the injury and illness of at least 85 people. According to authorities, almost a hundred people were medically treated after a chemical spill at an Atchison distilling plant caused a noxious cloud. According to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, a cloud formed Friday morning after two chemicals were accidently combined at the MGP Ingredients plant in Atchison. The spill occurred just after 8 a.m. during a routine delivery at MGP Ingredients located at 100 Commercial Street. Government officials say a chemical was mistakenly put into the wrong tank at the sewage plant area of the facility. This caused a dangerous reaction. Hazmat crews were called to the facility and used a foam substance to treat the spill. An evacuation order was issued for the plant as well as local businesses, schools, and daycares in the Atchison area.

An Atchison Hospital spokeswoman said the majority of people sought emergency care for upper respiratory discomfort. One person is reported to be in serious condition in the ICU. Several people are being held for observation. Witness say they could see a huge cloud of what looked like fog. Reports of a bleach smell were reported miles away in other towns.

MGP Ingredients plant manufactures premium distilled spirits, starches and wheat proteins. According to the company's website, the plant employs 300 people. Local officials say this is not the first accident that has happened at the facility. Two explosions have happened at the company within the last 15 years. The Kansas Department of Emergency Management says the evacuation order was lifted and people were allowed back into their homes when the cloud dissipated a few hours later.

If you have been a victim of a toxic chemical spill or dangerous plant accident, please call an expert personal injury lawyer at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC.


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