3,000 Evacuated After Train Chemical Spill, Louisiana, USA
Everybody who lived within a mile of the derailment have been taken to a school outside the city. Authorities say they will not be able to go home for at least 48 hours. 160 people were evacuated from a nursing home.
Five people, including two railway workers were taken to hospital after the spill sent a toxic cloud over the area. The patients had skin and eye irritation, according to Lt. Craig Stansbury, Lafayette's Parish Sheriff.
Another wagon, carrying ethylene oxide was overturned, but reports indicate it did not spill. Ethylene oxide is used in agricultural products, and is also a sterilizer for medical supplies.
Hydrochloric Acid Spill Danger
In high concentrations it forms an acidic mist. Both the mist and the solution have a corrosive effect on human tissue. Hydrochloric acid can damage our respiratory organs, as well as our eyes, skin and intestines.
The Environmental Protection Agency rates and regulates hydrochloric acid as a toxin.
Hydrochloric acid used to be known as "Muriatic acid" - the term is still used, but rarely.
Written by - Christian Nordqvist
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