BRIEF: Chemical leak in Owatonna sent 3 to hospital
Oct 26, 2010 (Star Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A chemical leak in Owatonna, Minn., sent three workers to the hospital Monday night and halted activity at a window and door hardware production facility for many hours, authorities said Tuesday.
The leak occurred about 5:20 p.m. Monday at the Truth Hardware site in the 200 block of 24th Avenue Southwest, when a valve broke as a worker was discharging sulfuric acid, said Fire Chief Mike Johnson.
About 300 gallons of the chemical were lost, Johnson said. The worker was decontaminated at the scene, taken to a hospital in Owatonna and then moved by air ambulance to a second hospital. The employee's condition was not immediately known.
Two other workers were also taken to a hospital for evaluation, Johnson said.
With the help of a state assessment team, the chemical was neutralized and the scene deemed clear about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, the chief said.
Paul Walsh --612-673-4482
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