50 people sickened in chemical spill in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At least 50 people reported feeling sick after sulfur dioxide spilled out of a rail car in Salt Lake City.
The Salt Lake City Fired Department said the leak occurred Wednesday morning at a chemical manufacturing plant called Thatcher Chemicals. Fire officials estimate that 300-400 gallons of sulfur dioxide leaked.
At least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions were unknown.
Most people reported feeling a burn in their throats or having trouble breathing.
Fire officials say the spill is contained.
The Utah Division of Water Quality sent crews to test for possible contamination in a canal near the location in the western part of Salt Lake City.