Wilmington – Just after 11:00 this morning the Tallayville Fire Company, along with HAZMAT crews and New Castle County Emergency Management officials responded to the DuPont Experimental Station near on Powder Mill Road, near Talleyville.
Reports from the scene indicate that 18 patients were transported to area hospitals for exposure to an unknown agent. Crews quickly set up decontamination stations and ordered the building evacuated. Patients were decontaminated on scene by HAZMAT teams and readied for transport, All 18 patients exchanged their clothes for tyvek suits as part of the process. Once decontaminated ambulance crews moved the patients to area hospitals via multiple ambulance.
Newcastle County Paramedics released a statement a short time ago regarding the incident:
This morning, at approximately 1100 hours, New County Paramedics and personnel from DuPont Experimental Station, Talleyville, Hockessin, Claymont, Cranston Heights, Elsmere, Five Points, Concordville, and Bethel Township Fire Companies, St. Francis Hospital EMS, New Castle County Hazardous Materials and Decontamination Team were dispatched to the 200 Powder Mill Road, for a HAZMAT Incident.
Arriving County Paramedics found a scene where 18 personnel inside the DuPont Experimental Station were working and possibly exposed to an unknown substance. The patients were all removed from the building and sent through a decontamination area. New Castle County Paramedics evaluated vital signs on all patients. Each patient was transported to one of three area hospitals, St. Francis, Wilmington and Christiana for evaluation. None of the patients transported from the scene offered a complaint and all were stable.