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Ammonia Leak Sends 15 to University of Iowa Hospital

The fire department in West Liberty says a total of 15 people were transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after an anhydrous ammonia leak at a meat processing plant there.

West Liberty Fire Department Assistant Chief Tom Christensen say the leak at West Liberty Foods was reported about 11:30 a.m. Friday and orginated with a tank on the plant’s roof.

Christensen says the 15 were treated for anhydrous ammonia inhalation, although no one was directly exposed to the chemical. He describes their injuries as minor to moderate and says they are all expected to recover.

The leak led to an evacuation of West Liberty Foods, which processes mostly turkey.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/