50 people sickened in chemical spill in Salt Lake City

June 19, 2019

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.

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