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Worker seriously injured after chemical spill in GTA’s east-end

A spill involving an unknown chemical forced hundreds of people to evacuate a building next to Calgary’s Foothills Hospital in Sept. 2005. One woman was treated for a minor inhalation injury. A similar incident occurred in Clarington, Ont. Thursday.

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Durham Regional Police say several people have been injured in a chemical spill at a company in Clarington, about an hour east of Toronto.

Police say a tanker truck containing nitrous oxide was being drained Thursday afternoon at Detox Environmental Ltd. on Bennett Road. A reaction occurred as the gas came in contact with an unspecified chemical.

The incident resulted in a smoke release inside the building, which then escaped into the environment.

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About 30 employees at Detox, as well as employees of a nearby forklift company, were evacuated.

Several people were harmed after inhaling the spilled chemicals. Two Detox employees were sent to Lakeridge Health Bowmanville – one with serious injuries.

A hazardous materials team is decontaminating the area. Police have closed nearby roads, including the Highway 401 off-ramp.

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