6 Injured in Tyson Foods Ammonia Leak

Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 03:05 PM gHale

Six people ended up injured after an ammonia leak at the Tyson Foods plant in Goodlettsville, TN, Thursday morning, emergency officials said.

As a result of the 6 a.m. leak, all employees evacuated from the facility on Cartwright Street.

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A machine malfunction caused the ammonia to leak, officials said.

Six people received medical treatment in connection with the incident and two went to the hospital, while the other four ended up treated and released. The HaMat team ended up called to the scene.

After containing the leak, fire crews spent some time in the morning airing out the facility.

The leak took place in the plant’s packaging area, said Worth Sparkman, a spokesman for Tyson.

The plant wasn’t operational at the time, he said, but was staffed by 125 Tyson employees and sanitation contractors. 

“We’re grateful for the quick response and assistance of the local fire department,” he said. “Many of our team members have arrived to work first shift and are waiting outside. Once authorities give an all-clear, we plan to resume normal operations today.”

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