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Tyson Plant in Goodlettsville evacuated due to ammonia leak

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Two people have been transported to the hospital with non-critical injuries following an ammonia leak Thursday morning.

The Office of Emergency Management says around 5:30 this morning a call came in of an ammonia leak at the Tyson Foods plant in Goodlettsville. Ammonia is used in cooling and refrigeration techniques at the plant.

Commander Will Swan says a little under 100 pounds of ammonia leaked and the plant was evacuated. Six people in total complained of irritation. The HAZMAT team responded and was able to fix the leak. Commander Swan says the ammonia will clear itself out of the building and crews are working to ventilate the affected areas.

The Tyson Foods communications department has released the following statement on the issue:

"There was an ammonia leak in the packaging area at our Goodlettsville, Tenn. plant early this morning. The plant wasn’t in operation at the time but was staffed by about 125 Tyson Foods employees and sanitation contractors. They were all evacuated. Two people have been transported to an area hospital for observation. We’re grateful for the quick response and assistance of the local fire department. 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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