More than 100 seek medical care after Atchison chemical cloud

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ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) – More than 100 people sought medical attention after a chemical spill at a distilling plant that released a noxious cloud in northeast Kansas around 8 a.m. The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health has set up a hotline to receive phone calls from area residents regarding any health concerns they may have. To speak with a toxicologist, residents can call (913) 286-5190.

The Kansas Department of Emergency Management says the cloud occurred Friday morning when two chemicals were mistakenly combined at the MGP Ingredients plant in Atchison. The department says people were allowed back into their homes after the cloud dissipated a few hours later.

Friday afternoon Atchison Hospital spokeswoman T.C. Roberts said about 67 people had sought care at the hospital’s emergency room for upper respiratory discomfort. Roberts reported that one person remained in intensive care at that time. At one point 18 others had sought care at a hospital in nearby St. Joseph, Missouri.

MGP produces premium distilled spirits. It employs about 300 people at the Atchison plant, about 50 miles from Kansas City.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KSNT News and KSHB-TV contributed to this updated report.

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