HUNTINGTON, W.VA.: A factory employee was treated for exposure to a toxic chemical today and about 200 people were ordered to stay indoors after a railroad-car leak in Huntington.
Fire Chief Tim Provaznik said the injured worker was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for observation after 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of liquid aniline spilled while being unloaded at the Flint Group Pigments plant.
Aniline, used in manufacturing polyurethane, is toxic if inhaled, absorbed through the skin or swallowed.
Three businesses also were evacuated and six blocks of U.S. 60 were closed to traffic, Provaznik said.
The leak was contained and a crew from the state Department of Environmental Protection was sent to supervise the cleanup, agency spokeswoman Kathy Cosco said.
There was no immediate word on when the order to stay indoors might be lifted, but Provaznik said the chemical was registering below detectible ranges near the plant by late morning.
The cause of the spill remained under investigation.