Five people were transported to the hospital and one airlifted for further treatment after a possible explosion of chlorine gas at T & T Recycling Monday, fire personnel said.
Hurst fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to T&T Recycling in Hurst, Illinois, on Dec. 6.
Upon arrival, it was determined chlorine gas was released, fire personnel said. Firefighters learned it was a pressurized chemical leak involving an old tank the employees were trying to turn into scrap metal. The fire department reported the bottle they were cutting on burst and released the explosion.
Two were treated and released from the scene, five were transported to local medical facilities and one of those five was airlifted to a different facility for further treatment.
The incident is being investigated by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Fire crews from Hurst, Carbondale, Marion, Murphysboro, Benton, West Frankfort, Williamson County, Carterville, Herrin and Lake Egypt assisted at the scene.