More than 100 people treated after MA waste station inundated with fumes

Emergency Management Alert, August 11, 2009

Emergency responders across the state came to aid employees at ABC Disposal, Inc. on August 3, 2009, after two employees lost consciousness at the facility, where trash is sorted, reports the Boston Globe. Employees did not report hearing an explosion, and investigators are still unsure what chemical caused the event.

Hazmat technicians were sent in to handpick the trash on the conveyor belt, reports the Globe. Two employees taken to the hospital were in critical condition and were on ventilators in the intensive care unit at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA. A bus took other employees to St. Luke’s, which had a decontamination tent set up outside the emergency room. More employees were transported by bus to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA. The majority of ill people were decontaminated, treated, and were reported in good condition, according to the Globe. Fifteen emergency personnel members were among the treated as well.

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