HURST – A chemical tank reportedly exploded Monday morning at T&T Recycling in Hurst resulting in five workers being taken to hospitals after being exposed to chemicals in the tank around 10:15 Monday morning.
According to Hurst Fire Chief Tom Gottschalk, the chemical that was released was identified as chlorine gas.
Gottschalk said five patients were treated and taken to local medical facilities with one of those patients being airlifted for further treatment. Two others were treated and released from the scene.
Williamson County Ambulance, United EMS, Carterville EMS and Air Evac were called in for additional medical resources. A HAZMAT team was also requested to help Hurst Fire with the incident.
The incident is being investigated by the Williamson County Sheriff’s office.
Fire personnel from Carterville. Williamson County, Carbondale, Herrin, Marion, Murphysboro. Lake Egypt, Benton and West Frankfort assisted in the incident.