6 dead, 10 injured when nitrogen line ruptures at Georgia processing plant

  • Source: WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta
  • Published: 01/29/2021 12:00 AM

Six people died and 10 were injured following a liquid nitrogen leak at a food processing facility in Gainesville. Fire crews from Hall County and Gainesville responded to a report of burns at Foundation Food Group around 10:12 a.m. When units arrived, Zach Brackett of Hall County Fire Services said they found a large group of employees that had evacuated, along with multiple people who were experiencing medical emergencies in and around the facility. Five Foundation Food Group workers died inside the facility. Hall County Fire Services transported multiple patients to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. One Foundation Food Group worker died in the ER and three others are in critical condition, Shawn Couch of NE Georgia Health Systems said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. Several firefighters were evaluated for respiratory symptoms, but only one remains in the hospital as of Thursday evening. That firefighter is expected to be released Friday.


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