5 March 2010
Four people were injured today after a cloud of toxic gas escaped from Cristal Global site at Stallingborough. Casualties suffered burns and toxic inhalation and were taken to hospital after plume of gas has escaped following an accident at a factory. One of the injured people was transferred to a specialist burns unit at Pinderfield Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Cristal Global, based at Stallingborough, near Grimsby, is a company producing a variety of chemicals and plastics. The emergency services said up to 100 people could have been working at the plant overnight when the incident occurred. Officials from the Health and Safety Executive are expected to launch an investigation into what happened.
The release of titanium tetrachloride gas combined with south-westerly wind, potentially took it across rural land and out to sea. A ship with an estimated 12 people on board sailed through the fumes, causing the boat to stop at Immingham. The crew was checked over by paramedics and did not appear to have been harmed, coastguards said. The Coastguard for the River Humber also placed a no-sail order until emergency crews at the Cristal Global site declared the incident had been "contained".
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