Huntingdon: 35 Fall Ill

14 October 2011, 13:15

35 people have been treated by paramedics after falling ill while chemicals were being sprayed onto a field near Huntingdon.

The East of England Ambulance Service and firefighters were called to Newlands Industrial Estate on St Ives Road in Soham just after 10am.

Emergency service Hazardous Material Units were also called.

They were attending reports of a number of people feeling sick, light headed and developing headaches.

According to Huntingdonshire District Council, this was as a result of a chemical being sprayed onto a nearby field.

The industrial park was evacuated and paramedics treated a total of 35 casualties.

Two men have been taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for more tests.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the incident "is not a threat to public safety."

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "This was an excellent team effort including the paramedics who arrived first at the scene, our trusts HART team and the police and fire service.

Throughout the incident, the three emergency services worked very closely together to treat the casualties and ascertain the cause of their sudden illnesses this morning."

Huntingdonshire District Council added that the Health and Safety Executive will investigate what happened.

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