St. Catharines hospital discharges 23 patients after acid spill

Twenty-three people were taken to hospital following a chemical spill at THK Rhythm Automotive Canada Ltd. Tuesday morning (Manesa Dhanabalan/CHCH News).

All 23 people taken to a hospital in the Niagara region after an acid spill at an auto plant have been discharged.

That includes three who were directly exposed to a vapour cloud of hydrochloric acid.

The spill happened at the THK Rhythm Automotive plant in St. Catharines Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the business after staff accidentally hit a valve, which released about five litres of the hazardous chemical.

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Fire Chief Dave Upper says three people were directly exposed through skin contact and inhalation.

The liquid transformed into a vapour cloud and 20 other staff members in the large space were exposed solely through skin contact with the vapour.

Affected staff used a decontamination shower on site before going to the hospital.

The hydrochloric acid was contained within the plant and there was no risk to public health.