UPDATE: Spill in Stewardson Forcing Evacuations

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UPDATE: The Shelby County EMA reports the Anhydrous Spill in Stewardson is all clear.

Authorities say a transport truck carrying anhydrous ammonia was offloading about 20.5 tons of the chemical into a storage container at 5:30 a.m. when a malfunction occurred, releasing 19 tons of anhydrous ammonia from the truck.  Approximately 200 residents were evacuated from the affected area, with emergency responders going door-to-door to check on the welfare of any resident that may not have evacuated.

Several residents were taken to a local hospital for treatment of respiratory issues due to being exposed to the vapor.  Residents were allowed back into their homes at about 8:30 a.m., and are advised to air their homes out.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of exposure to this chemical are urged to seek medical attention and be evaluated.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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STEWARDSON – Emergency crews are on the scene of an anhydrous spill in Stewardson.

The call went out at about 5:30am Tuesday. The Shelby County EMA reported a large anhydrous leak, forcing the evacuation of the west side of the village of Stewardson.

A cloud is reported to be moving southwest from Stewardson. People are asked to avoid those areas.

A WAND news crew is on the way to the scene to get more information.

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