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UPDATE: Employee seriously injured at Coca-Cola plant on Amnicola Hwy

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Courtesy: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department PIO Courtesy: Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Department PIO
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Emergency crews were called to the Coke plant on Amnicola Highway around 10:40 a.m. Friday.  

Chattanooga fire spokesman Bruce Garner says a worker was mixing what was originally believed to be chlorine dioxide when some of it spilled on the employee. Garner says Assistant Fire Chief Danny Hague later determined the chemical was actually a chlorite solution.

Hazmat officials say the employee suffered serious injuries from the spill and was taken to the hospital.

Garner says doctors are still trying to determine the victim's condition. 

The container called a "tote", held 250 gallons of the solution. It is made of plastic material and placed inside a steel cage. 

Besides the leak, the container also had vapor coming from it. Firefighters kept water on the container to control the vapor. 

Hazmat officials say the leak and vapor never posed a threat to the surrounding public. 

As a precaution the plant was evacuated. Friday, there were only 30 employees at the plant, when usually there are about 216 employees. 

Garner says by mid-afternoon, the haz-mat team finished it's operation and turned the site back over to Coca-Cola and Marion Environmental, which will continue the cleanup operation.

Garner says the plant's operation status is unknown.

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