37 People Hospitalized, 7 in Critical Condition after Chemical Spill in Illinois
A leak in a tractor-trailer carrying anhydrous ammonia, a chemical substance that can cause unconsciousness and even death when inhaled, affected at least 37 people in Beach Park, Illinois.
According to Sgt. Christopher Covelli, the spill created a toxic plume of smoke that was inhaled by several people. The affected ones had inhalation problems and, even though some of them had been released from hospitals already, seven were still in critical condition, including a firefighter.
The list of the people who inhaled the chemical substance includes a sheriff's sergeant, sheriff's deputy, a Zion Police officer and 11 firefighters who responded to the scene.
Beach Park Incident: 7 of the 37 transported to area hospitals are in critical, but sable condition. This includes one firefighter. A total of 11 firefighters and 3 police officers were transported to the hospital. #BeachParkIncident— Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) April 25, 2019
People who live within a one-mile radius where the incident happened were advised to stay home, close their windows, and keep air conditioning and heaters off to avoid getting in contact with the plume.
Beach Park Incident: All roadways reopened in the area. #BeachParkIncident— Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) April 25, 2019
Thirty-seven people were taken to the hospital after a massive chemical spill in Beach Park, Illinois. Seven people, including a firefighter, are listed in critical condition. https://t.co/OwiEYTOg3e pic.twitter.com/gsAKdqEUr7— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 25, 2019