WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

National News

WJBD - National News - Dozens Fall Ill After Exposure to Irritant at California Business

Dozens Fall Ill After Exposure to Irritant at California Business

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- On Friday evening, the Riverside County Fire Department reported that 35 employees at a transportation company fell ill after exposure to an unknown substance.

Fire and rescue crews were sent to the scene at 7:47 p.m. local time on Friday. The RCFD says that the employees at Swift Transportation were "overcome by an odor of an unknown substance in a trailer."

The first 19 employees were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance. Sixteen more were taken to the hospital on a pair of buses operated by the Riverside Transit Authority.

After further investigation, the RCFD said that the substance was sodium benzoate, a food preservative which, when combined with moisture, turns into an irritant. The 35 employees were treated at area hospitals.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

See other NationalNews news:

Supreme Court Denies Stay in Florida Same-Sex Marriage Case
Staples Says Over One Million Payment Cards Affected by September Data Breach
UVA Holds Board of Visitors Meeting Regarding "Rolling Stone" Article
Patient Exposed to Ebola Released from NIH Facility
Sony Says Alternate Means of Releasing "The Interview" Under Consideration




This Site logo