Seven people hospitalised after ‘hazardous substance’ found in lorry delivery in Northampton

A hazardous substance was found in a lorry delivering to a business in Northampton

A hazardous substance was found in a lorry delivering to a business in Northampton

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Seven people were taken to hospital after a ‘hazardous substance’ was found in a lorry delivery supplies to a business in Northampton.

Emergency services were called out to Baring Road, off Spencer Bridge Road, in the St James area of town yesterday at 11am following reports that a toxic chemical had been found.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service led the emergency response, supported by Northamptonshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service and seven people who were suspected to have come into contact with the substance were treated at Northampton General Hospital.

Group Commander Phil Pells, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The emergency services were called to an incident in Baring Road, Northampton, shortly after 11am yesterday morning (Thursday, 27 August), following reports of a suspected hazardous substance found in a lorry delivering supplies to a business premises.

“We would like to reassure the public that this was a localised and contained incident and it is now being investigated by Northampton Borough Council’s Health and Safety team.”

A Northampton Borough Council spokesperson said: “We were called to the incident in Baring Road yesterday afternoon. Two health and safety officers attended as part of the joint response alongside Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service. As the health and safety authority we will now begin an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”