Makes on wonder if this was an accident, careless action, or an intentional act. Whatever the cause, it is a tragic outcome for those who work at the plant and their families.
A spokesperson for Northeast Georgia Health System said five people died at a Gainesville poultry plant following the nitrogen leak, while one person died at the hospital.
Hall County Fire Department Division Chief Zach Brackett said the leak began Thursday morning at Prime Pak Foods. He said firefighters arrived on the scene to find workers “milling around outside, some with injuries.”
At least four firefighters were taken to the hospital with respiratory issues after entering the facility.
Brackett said 130 workers at the plant were bussed to a church down the street where they were examined for injuries. He added that some were also taken to the hospital.
To mitigate respiratory issues with the surrounding community, 1.5 miles of road the runs in front of the plant has been shut down.