A Beach Park chemical spill has left at least 37 people hospitalized, seven of whom are listed in critical condition. A massive amount of anhydrous ammonia, a colorless, deadly gas, was released into the surrounding area as a result of the Beach Park chemical spill.
Responders “Overcome” by Beach Park Chemical Spill
On April 25, 2019, at 4:25 a.m., authorities were contacted about a possible vehicle fire near North Green Bay Road and 29th Street in north suburban Beach Park, IL. A responding sergeant and deputy who arrived at the scene discovered what appeared to be a cloud of smoke. Upon leaving their vehicle, they “were overcome by an airborne chemical,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Further investigation revealed that a truck had been towing containers of anhydrous ammonia at the location. The truck began leaking the chemical onto the road, releasing “toxic plumes” of anhydrous ammonia into the air.
A spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that at least 37 people were taken to local hospitals as a result of the Beach Park chemical spill, including eleven firefighters, the sergeant, the deputy, and a Zion police officer. Seven of them are listed in critical condition.
While the leak was reportedly contained, according to the Lake Forest Fire Department, officials advised anyone within a one-mile radius of the spill to stay indoors with their windows closed and their air conditioning and heaters turned off. At least five area schools were also closed that day.
The cause of the Beach Park chemical spill remains under investigation.
Anhydrous Ammonia: Dangerous, Potentially Deadly
Anhydrous ammonia, used as an agricultural fertilizer and an industrial refrigerant, is a colorless gas with pungent fumes. Inhalation of anhydrous ammonia can result in serious health problems, including:
- Irritation of the mucous membranes, including the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat.
- Severe trachea bronchitis.
- Permanent lung damage.
- Permanent mucous membrane damage.
Beach Park Chemical Spill Attorneys
GWC Injury Lawyers is attempting to conduct an investigation for area residents who are concerned about their exposure to anhydrous ammonia because of the Beach Park chemical spill.
If you or a loved one believe you have suffered serious injury as a result of the Beach Park chemical spill, contact GWC Injury Lawyers today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. Call us at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.