Chemical odor sickens several in Mitchell, Il plant

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MADISON COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - Hazmat crews are working in a chemical spill in Mitchell, Illinois.  The incident occurred the Menasha Packaging Company.  There are several patients being treated.

Assistant Chief Chris Modrusic of the Pontoon Beach Police department says that they are not sure what caused people to get sick.  He thinks it could be from exhaust from a truck unloading pallets at the plant.  The truck was carrying a load of laminate paper that was just printed.  The ink had not been cured and was emitting a smell similar to ether.  The truck is currently being inspected.

Three people were taken to the hospital.  Two were taken to Gateway, one to Anderson.  Five people refused treatment.  Most patients were treated for asthma-like symptoms.  Two  had seizures.  One of those people has a prior history of seizures.

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