Dartford chemical spill leaves 16 in hospital
PUBLISHED: 08:50 12 June 2011
Paramedics have taken 16 people to hospital after they inhaled fumes from a chemical spill.
Firefighters from Dartford, Thames-side and Medway were called to Crossways Business Park, Dartford, at about 7.45am on Friday after it is thought two litres of ammonia were spilt at courier company Yodel, Bridge Close.
Ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team were called to the scene by firefighters.
Seven people are having treatment at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, five went to Medway Maritime Hospital and five to the Princess Royal in Bromley.
Exposure to ammonia in the air can cause eye and skin irritation to severe injury such as burns and blindness depending on its strength.
A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Approximately 20 people have been checked and treated by SECAmb at the scene and a total of 16 people have been taken to hospital for further checks.”
A spokesman for Yodel added: “We are working closely with local fire crews to deal with an incident at our Dartford site.
“We take this matter very seriously and are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our employees and local residents.”