UPDATED: PHOTOS & VIDEO: See our News Alerts for live updates and photos. (@lakewoodscoop) (You can also sign up by sending ‘Follow lakewoodscoop’ to ‘40404’Thirty four patients were transported to area hospitals this afternoon after being contaminated by a Nitrogen Refrigeration product, mixed with CO2, an EMS official told TLS.
The incident began about 12 PM when multiple employees at the food packaging plant on Lehigh Avenue in the Industrial Park began feeling ill.
Emergency personnel arriving on scene immediately evacuated all people from the plant and moved them to a Triage area.
Dozens of Emergency Personnel from EMS, Hatzolah, Lakewood First Aid and multiple other agencies from Lakewood and surrounding towns responded to the scene, where a Triage area was set up a neighborhing building. As in every MCI event, a Treatment Area, Transport Area and EMS Staging Area were also established in the vicinity.
The patients, says Captain Tommy Langenberger, suffered from respiratory illnesses, but none appeared to be life-threatening.
The Haz-Mat team was called in to investigate the leak. [TLS]