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Tue. 4:55pm: Hazardous release in NM sickens 200 near El Paso

October 30, 2012
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release sickened about 200 people today near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

A one-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed. By this afternoon, only the industrial park remained off-limits as hazmat crews took samples to determine what made the people sick.

A New Mexico National Guard support team was en route to help with monitoring and testing.

Officials say some people from businesses in the industrial park were taken to Santa Teresa High School as a precaution after complaining of breathing problems, light-headedness, nausea and dizziness.

Some people also described a burning sensation on their skin.

"I got there after they barricaded the road. When I rolled down the window, I started feeling irritation on my skin," said Gerardo Gomez, who was on his way to work.

Workers a few miles away said they could smell something in the air.

No serious injuries were reported and no one was hospitalized.

 
 

 

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