Chemical spillage incident at the Science Park closes parts of Oxford, UK

Chemical Spill Alert

TWO people were taken to hospital after a chemical spillage at Oxford Science Park today.
 
Emergency services were called to Oxford Nanopore Technologies, based at Edmund Cartwright House in Robert Robinson Avenue.
 
Thames Valley Police’s Inspector Andrew O’Hanlon said police were called out at about 2.30pm to help firefighters with a cordon in the area.
 
He said there had been a chemical spillage and there were reports of minor injuries. He would not provide any further information on the incident, but did say the cordon was removed at about 7pm.
 
South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman Gill Hodgetts said: “Two ambulance crews were called at 2.38pm. There were two patients taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.”
 
She could not say if they were men or women, or what condition they were in.
 
Site security guard Roger Stratford said he understood a chemical explosion in one of the labs had set off fire alarms at about 2.35pm.
 
He added: “We’ve got police and ambulance here, but I don’t think anybody’s been injured or taken to hospital.
 
“We’ve closed down the bottom of the park.”
 
He added that police had been helping security teams at the park with traffic cordons, but could not say what chemicals may have been involved.
 
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have also been seen at the park.
Courtesy of oxfordmail

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