5 taken to hospital after possible chemical explosion at Hurst, IL recycling center

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HURST, Ill. (KBSI) – Five people were taken to the hospital after a possible chemical explosion at a recycling center in Hurst on Monday.

It happened around 10:15 a.m. Chlorine gas was released, according to Hurst Fire Chief Tom Gottschalk.

Five patients were treated and transported to local medical facilities with one of those patients airlifted for further treatment. Two other people were treated and released from the scene.

Hurst Fire and EMS responded to the scene. Additional medical resources from Williamson County Ambulance, United EMS, Carterville EMS, Air Evac, and the MABAS Division 45/68 HAZMAT team responded to the scene as well. Fire personnel from Carterville, Williamson County, Carbondale, Herrin, Marion, Murphysboro, Lake Egypt, Benton, and West Frankfort also responded to the scene.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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