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Hundreds Poisoned After Chemical Spill - 27 Dead

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posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 04:56 PM
27 were killed and 285 hospitalized after a truck loaded with 35 tons of liquefied chlorine crashed in China. 3000 homes have been evacuated and rescue workers were trying to stop the remaining 10 tons of chlorine to leak from the truck. Twenty-seven killed, 285 poisoned in east China chlorine leak

Twenty-seven people were killed and 285 were sickened when liquefied chlorine spilled from a truck following a collision in east China's Jiangsu province, state media said.

The accident happened Tuesday in Huai'an city when a truck carrying 35 tons of the chemical careened out of control after a tire exploded and it rammed into a cargo truck

The highly irritating, greenish-yellow chlorine gas wafted into several nearby villages, poisoning 285 people and killing 27

By Wednesday morning, rescuers were still trying to stop the estimated 10 tons of chlorine left inside the truck from leaking. The local government meanwhile evacuated 3,000 households in surrounding areas.

Chemical spills are not uncommon in China. It happens all the time. Xinhua reports that 10.000 have been evacuated.

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Xinhua: Death toll rises to 27 in E. China chlorine leakage

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