Authorities: chlorine leak in W.Va. under control

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Posted: Aug 27, 2016 2:53 PM

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a chlorine leak in West Virginia that sent at least two people to a hospital is under control.

Media reports say the leak was detected Saturday when emergency authorities said a chemical cloud from the Axiall Corp. plant headed south. Marshall County emergency officials say two people were taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a portion of the Ohio River was closed near Proctor, West Virginia. It says the release of liquid chlorine was reported from a rail car at the plant. It says an unknown amount of the product was released into the ground and air, creating a plume traveling downriver.

The leak caused W.Va. 2 to be shut down in the area and the evacuation of the Kent neighborhood.