Two Workers Injured By Toxic Chemical Leak in Tempe
TEMPE, AZ. ”“ Two contractors were hospitalized after being exposed to a toxic chemical at the site of the Tempe rail bridge that collapsed last week.
According to the Tempe Fire Department and Arizona’s Family (AZ Family news), the two men were offloading cyclohexanone from a tanker at around 1:30 p.m. last Friday. As they were disconnecting a hose from the rail car, one of the men heard a “popping sound” right before the chemicals splashed both men.
One worker, a 52-year-old man, was transported to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries after being splashed in the face. The other contractor was hit in the chest and received medical attention at the scene.
A local emergency was declared immediately after the incident, and crews worked to secure the scene. Approximately 10 gallons of cyclohexanone was released into a dirt area, and authorities have since declared the area safe.
It is not yet known what caused the chemical spill. Some have speculated that the extreme summer heat or over-pressurization may have caused the accident.
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