One person ended up at the hospital and other workers evacuated after a chemical accident last Tuesday at the Belvidere Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, IL.
Belvidere’s Fire Chief said the situation is stable and they were monitoring the air quality inside the plant. They did allow the night shift to come in for work.
Chrysler said employees mixed two chemicals that shouldn’t have been. Workers said the chemical reaction created a very strong odor. The fire department said the one person who was sent to the hospital was the only injury at the scene and don’t know that person’s condition at this time.
The fire department said they are still investigating this incident.
Nearly 4,500 people work at the plant. The Belvidere Fire Department brought in private contractors to help with cleanup.
Here is the statement from the Chrysler corporate office:
“At 12:06 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant was evacuated as a precaution following a chemical mixing incident that occurred in an area adjacent to the old body shop. The plant immediately implemented its emergency response plan, and is working with the Belvidere Fire Department to investigate the nature and cause of the incident. Production has currently been halted as the plant is ventilated. Under direction of the fire department, some employees have been allowed to return to specific areas of the plant where the air quality samples have been found to be at acceptable levels. Production will resume when it is safe to do so.”