Fumes Sicken Dozens Of Workers At IL Plant

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 9:32am

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - Officials say roughly two dozen people were sickened by fumes from hydrochloric acid at a plant in the Mississippi River city of Quincy.

All the workers affected Tuesday morning at Manchester Tank were taken to a hospital, though their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Most were later released from the hospital.

Mickie Coggin, a spokesman for Tennessee-based McWane Inc., which owns Manchester Tank, says an investigation is under way into what caused the accident.

But Coggin says there was no actual spill of the acid, only a leak of fumes - perhaps from some air-scrubbing equipment.

Manchester Tank makes pressure vessels for the containment of propane, compressed air and chemicals.



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